backbeatBackbeat: Earl Palmer's Story
 by Earl Palmer with Tony Scherman

The magnificent drummer details how he gave the beat to New Orleans R&B - and rock 'n' roll everywhere. Print and Kindle editions.
Smithsonian Institution Press, Washington, DC 1999

mondayBlue Monday: Fats Domino and the Lost Dawn of Rock 'N' Roll
 by Rick Coleman

Some 30 years in the making, Rick Coleman's award-winning, meticulous biography does full justice to the Fat Man's enormous legacy.
Da Capo Press, Cambridge, MA 2006

nevillesThe Brothers Neville
 by Art, Aaron, Charles and Cyril Neville, with David Ritz

Interview excerpts with members of the New Orleans musical family who took New Orleans R&B into the funky soul era. An award winner.
Da Capo Press, Cambridge, MA 2001

nevillesErnie K-Doe: The R&B Emperor of New Orleans
 by Ben Sandmel

An entertaining romp describing the rise and fall and resurrection of New Orleans' only No. 1 hit maker to record at the Cosimo studios.
The Historic New Orleans Collection, 2012

hannusch1Huey "Piano" Smith and the Rocking Pneumonia Blues
 by John Wirt

A somewhat melancholy tale of Huey's mounting financial and personal issues that seems at odds with his always progressive, good-time New Orleans music.
Louisiana State University Press, Baton Rouge, LA 2014

hannusch1I Hear You Knockin': The Sound of New Orleans Rhythm and Blues
 by Jeff Hannusch (aka Almost Slim)

An award winner, this indispensible volume concentrates on 1950s New Orleans R&B personalities, including a Cosimo Matassa chapter.
Swallow Publications, Ville Platte, LA 1985

ray toppingNew Orleans Rhythm & Blues Record Label Listings
 by Ray Topping with a Foreword by John Broven

The late English discographer Ray Topping's first-ever attempt at a New Orleans label listing, which paved the way for The Cosimo Code.
Flyright Records, Bexhill-on-Sea, England 1978

broven3Record Makers and Breakers: Voices of the Independent Rock 'n' Roll Pioneers   by John Broven

The award-winning story of the pioneering record men. Includes new interview with Cosimo Matassa. Print and Kindle editions.
University of Illinois Press, Urbana, IL 2009

hannusch2The Soul of New Orleans: A Legacy of Rhythm and Blues
 by Jeff Hannusch

This largely overlooked follow-up to I Hear You Knockin' focuses more on the sixties and seventies Crescent City Soul Era, when The Cosimo Code was born.
Swallow Publications, Ville Platte, LA 2001

broven2South to Louisiana: The Music of the Cajun Bayous
 by John Broven

The music history of New Orleans' near neighbor from Cajun to Zydeco, Swamp Blues, Hillbilly and Swamp Pop. An updated eBook is on the way.
Pelican Books, Gretna, LA 1983

bernardSwamp Pop: Cajun and Creole Rhythm and Blues
 by Shane K. Bernard

The first history of Swamp Pop, highlighting such disparate influences as Fats Domino and Hank Williams on the music of the Cajun Prairie.
University Press of Mississippi, Jackson, MS 1996

macUnder a Hoodoo Moon: The Life of the Night Tripper
 by Dr. John (Mac Rebennack) with Jack Rummel

Possibly New Orleans R&B's best propagandist, Dr. John tells his own no-holds-barred story in inevitable hip fashion. Great photo section!
St. Martin's Press, New York, NY 1994

afoUnfinished Blues: Memories of a New Orleans Music Man
 by Harold Battiste Jr. with Karen Celestan

An insider's view of New Orleans R&B (and more) from the A.F.O. label's intellectual driving force and a favorite son of the city.
The Historic New Orleans Collection, 2010

upUp from the Cradle of Jazz: New Orleans Music since World War II    by Jason Berry, Jonathan Foose and Tad Jones

New edition of 1986's behind-the-scenes cultural history of New Orleans through the R&B era to post-Hurricane Katrina.
University of Louisiana at Lafayette Press, 2009

upRhythm & Blues in New Orleans
 by John Broven

The newly revised and expanded edition of the award-winning first-ever book on New Orleans R&B includes interviews with many participants, including Cosimo Matassa!  Originally Blues Unlimited Books, England 1974; now Pelican Books, Gretna, LA 1978, 2016


Thanks to Wavelength co-founder and current UNO Midlo Center for New Orleans Studies director Connie Atkinson, digitized issues of Wavelength New Orleans Music Magazine from 1980-1990 are now available online. "The magazine was dedicated to telling the life stories of the many unheralded New Orleans musicians who had influenced American popular music." Yeah, you rite!

45cat45 CAT
What can you say about a site whose stated mission is 'to catalogue, review and discuss every 7" record ever pressed throughout the world'? Very cool concept indeed, and we here at The Cosimo Code are certainly pleased to do our part!

hinesDeep Soul Heaven
One of the foremost authorities in the world on Southern and Deep Soul, John Ridley ('an Englishman of a certain age'), shares his incredible collection of obscure and hard-to-find 45s (many of which bear The Cosimo Code) with the rest of us. There is now audio available for over 3000 sides!

hinesFunky 16 Corners
The deep-crated Larry Grogan knows his stuff, and has a special place in his heart for all things New Orleans. Among the very first 'audioblogs', it's still going strong today.

hinesGreenville and Beyond
The website that asks 'Henry Reginald Hines, where did you go?' Hines, and his firm Lynn's Productions, were very much a part of the scene at Cosimo's Studio for years, but very little is known about him... detectives?

hotgHome of the Groove
'Based on the premise that the true Home of the Groove... is the irreplaceable musical and cultural nexus, New Orleans', Dan Phillips has been sharing his extensive knowlege of the music with all of us online since 2004.

This incredible French language website, run by the ardent Serge Tillard, is dedicated to the music of New Orleans and Louisiana. His in-depth artist biographies and discographies of obscure and forgotten labels make this site "Indispensable"!

bonesThe Singing Bones
A New Orleans native who points out that "Seriously ya'll, 'Treme' and 'Glee' are not that far apart", Ana B presents an always interesting slant on her stunning 45 collection. The site has been on hiatus ever since Ana and her family were hit hard by Hurricane Isaac... we want you back, B!

red kellySoul Detective
In addition to being the host website of The Cosimo Code, four of the eight current Soul Detective 'cases' involve Cosimo's Studio in one form or another. The site serves as the front door to whatever it is that red kelly has been up to lately... although we're not sure what he was thinking about, red's material currently appears in about nine different places on the web, from The A Side to The Soul Sauce Archives. Keep an eye on him here.