Beau Jocque / John Bystrom
Accordion master Beau Jocque, who recorded five albums for Rounder during the ’90s with his band the Zydeco Hi-Rollers, died Sept. 10 at his home in Kinder, Louisiana. Born Andrus Espre in 1957, he created a hybrid between traditional zydeco and more modern styles (ranging from rock to reggae to hip-hop) that made him one of the most influential figures in contemporary Cajun music.
John Bystrom, owner and editor-in-chief of Swedish indie-music magazine Sound Affects, died recently in an accident during a vacation in the United States. The magazine, which began publishing in 1988, has ceased operations.