Tom Aswell

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In this new, balanced look at Piyush “Bobby” Jindal, political authority Tom Aswell explores the past and record of this polarizing political figure. He covers the Rhodes scholar’s meteoric rise and appointment as secretary of the Louisiana Department of Health and Human Services at the age of 24, his campaigns and abbreviated terms in Congress, his terms as the first Indian American governor in the US, and his presidential aspirations. Along the way, the author focuses on Jindal’s record on health care, taxes, reform, and more. This illuminating work is the first to examine the entirety of Jindal’s philosophy and career, achievements and failures in the context of national history.

A showcase of Louisiana's musical heritage, this history of rock and roll music and its Louisiana roots presents an in-depth study of the industry players and musicians who contributed to establishing the Pelican State as the birthplace of rock and roll. Home to a polyphony of musical styles including swamp pop, Cajun, zydeco, R&B, country, blues, and rockabilly, Louisiana provided a unique environment for the evolution of popular music. These musical genres-influences that author Tom Aswell studies with precision and exuberance-would converge to create the new sound of rock and roll. The state's independent recording studios tapped the wealth of local talent, and locally owned radio stations promoted once-obscure artists. Before long, rock and roll became part of Louisiana's centuries-old musical legacy.From Roy Brown's recording of "Good Rockin' Tonight" in New Orleans in 1947 through the musical revolutions of the 1960s and beyond, Louisiana played a major role in the rock and roll explosion that captivated the world. 

Meet the Author: Tom Aswell

Tom Aswell is an award-winning journalist who worked as a newspaper reporter and editor for more than two decades. His work has appeared in nine Louisiana newspapers, including the Baton Rouge Advocate and the Monroe News-Star. Aswell has always had a passion for music, and his study of Southern music began while working as a radio disc jockey during college. A graduate of Louisiana Tech University, he is also the editor of Pelican's With Edwards in the Governor's Mansion: From Angola to Free Man. Aswell lives in Denham Springs, Louisiana, with his wife.

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