Allen Toussaint, one of the legendary names of New Orleans music, has died in Madrid at the age of 77. The piano master, known for jazz, R&B and blues and who wrote hits such as "Working in a Coalmine" and produced Patti LaBelle's famous cover of "Lady Marmalade", died of a heart attack on Monday evening after giving a concert at the Spanish capital's Teatro Lara, hospital officials said. Fans posted videos of Toussaint's final performance on YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HMCk-fW67K8), while the English singer and songwriter Billy Bragg said on Twitter: "The man was a genius." Toussaint, who began performing in his teens, collaborated with a wide range of artists, including John Mayall, Bonnie Raitt, Elvis Costello, Lee Dorsey, Paul McCartney and The Band.
In her memoir, the Sleater-Kinney guitarist covers her turbulent family life in the Pacific Northwest, the rise of Sleater-Kinney in the feminist punk-rock movement of the 1990s, and how her experiences in that subculture inspired some of the satire behind "Portlandia," the TV series she co-created. This journey into the mind of the artist goes to Frida Kahlo's Casa Azul in Mexico, the graves of Plath and Rimbaud and other spots that have inspired her. The Creedence Clearwater Revival frontman covers his Northern California roots, the success of Creedence and his revival as a solo artist in "Fortunate Son," named for the classic track by the 1960s band.