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French author gets graphic about Tucson musicians

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For most, thinking of Tucson's music scene and a "foreign" language would bring to mind Spanish. But local rockers have a long and deep connection with France, as well.

Some of those connections are celebrated in the graphic novel "Retour a Sonora" (Back to Sonora) by author Nicolas Moog, of Metz, France.

The book includes stories about Tucson musicians Howe Gelb of Giant Sand, Gabriel Sullivan, Brian Lopez, Billy Sedlmayr and Chris Black, gleaned from Moog's living in Tucson during October and November 2012.

While Calexico may be the local group best known in Europe, other Tucsonans have gained notoriety there as well - including those Moog features in his book.

Moog will sign copies of his 72-page book at two upcoming events:

6-10 p.m. Saturday at Cafe Passe on 4th Avenue, along with Gelb, Black and other musicians. Framed prints and original drawings by Moog will be sold.

6 p.m. Wednesday at Borderlands Brewing, downtown, "along with a gaggle of local musicians," the microbrewery said.

"The immensely talented local musicians that will be joining Nicolas don’t want to steal the spotlight from their buddy’s book release, so we’re sworn to secrecy," Borderlands posted.

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