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Cajun Breakdown: The Emergence of an American Made Music

Ryan André Brasseaux

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
September 2009
ISBN:
9780195343069
eISBN:
9780199866977
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195343069.001.0001
Subject:
Music, History, American

This book examines Cajun music’s social and cultural evolution through 1950. Since the ethnic group’s inception, the Cajun community constantly adapted and incorporated select elements ... More


Epilogue: Escaping Isolation

Ryan André Brasseaux

in Cajun Breakdown: The Emergence of an American Made Music

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
September 2009
ISBN:
9780195343069
eISBN:
9780199866977
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195343069.003.0010
Subject:
Music, History, American

Using the new “Best Zydeco and Cajun Music Album” Grammy Award category as an analytical lens, this conclusion denounces Cajun isolation by suggesting a revaluation of the cultural processes that ... More


Introduction: Framing Cajun Music

Ryan André Brasseaux

in Cajun Breakdown: The Emergence of an American Made Music

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
September 2009
ISBN:
9780195343069
eISBN:
9780199866977
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195343069.003.0001
Subject:
Music, History, American

This Introduction situates historically the Cajun community’s position within the broader cultural currents of the United States. The evolution of Cajun instrumentation, the earliest influences ... More


Social Music

Ryan André Brasseaux

in Cajun Breakdown: The Emergence of an American Made Music

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
September 2009
ISBN:
9780195343069
eISBN:
9780199866977
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195343069.003.0002
Subject:
Music, History, American

Dance culture and the social contexts that shaped Cajun musical traditions through 1950 constitute the primary focus of this study. Cajun musical expression is considered here, in relation to the ... More


Early Commercial Era

Ryan André Brasseaux

in Cajun Breakdown: The Emergence of an American Made Music

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
September 2009
ISBN:
9780195343069
eISBN:
9780199866977
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195343069.003.0003
Subject:
Music, History, American

This chapter examines the dawn of Cajun recording. The Cajun community’s relationship to recording technology, the evolving nature of America’s recording industry, and Cajun music’s relationship to ... More


A Heterogeneous Tradition

Ryan André Brasseaux

in Cajun Breakdown: The Emergence of an American Made Music

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
September 2009
ISBN:
9780195343069
eISBN:
9780199866977
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195343069.003.0004
Subject:
Music, History, American

Bayou Country’s musical terrain and the cultural and historical undercurrents that expanded the genre’s repertoire, stylistic range, and instrumental conventions are outlined in this chapter. Three ... More


Cajun Swing Era

Ryan André Brasseaux

in Cajun Breakdown: The Emergence of an American Made Music

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
September 2009
ISBN:
9780195343069
eISBN:
9780199866977
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195343069.003.0006
Subject:
Music, History, American

The historical and cultural forces pushing together traditional Cajun, hillbilly, western swing, jazz, and American popular music, and the musical synthesis that ensued, form the foundation of this ... More


Jumping the Broom: The Surprising Multicultural Origins of a Black Wedding Ritual

Tyler D. Parry

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
January 2022
ISBN:
9781469660868
eISBN:
9781469660882
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469660868.001.0001
Subject:
History, African-American History

In this definitive history of a unique tradition, Tyler D. Parry untangles the convoluted history of the "broomstick wedding." Popularly associated with African American culture, Parry traces the ... More


Sylvester S. Moran (8/21/1893—8/17/1987)

Harry Bolick, Tony Russell, T. DeWayne Moore, Joyce A. Cauthen, and David Evans

in Fiddle Tunes from Mississippi: Commercial and Informal Recordings, 1920-2018

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
May 2022
ISBN:
9781496835796
eISBN:
9781496835833
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781496835796.003.0031
Subject:
Music, History, American

What little we know of Mr. Moran comes from the notes on the 1980 Mississippi Sawyers LP recording and from his appearance at the 1974 Festival of American Folklife in Washington, DC. He was born ... More


The History of French in Louisiana

Nathalie Dajko

in French on Shifting Ground: Cultural and Coastal Erosion in South Louisiana

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
May 2021
ISBN:
9781496830647
eISBN:
9781496830975
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781496830647.003.0003
Subject:
History, Cultural History

This chapter introduces the reader to Louisiana French. Four varieties of French are generally recognized by linguists: Colonial French, Plantation Society French, Louisiana Creole, and Louisiana ... More


From Chanky-Chank to Yankee Chanks: The Cajun Accordion as Identity Symbol

Mark F. Dewitt

in The Accordion in the Americas: Klezmer, Polka, Tango, Zydeco, and More!

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252037207
eISBN:
9780252094323
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252037207.003.0004
Subject:
Music, Ethnomusicology, World Music

The diatonic button accordion has been played by musicians the world over, but it has attained a uniquely prominent status in Louisiana Cajun culture. Over the decades, this one particular type of ... More


Identity: The Struggle to Stay Afloat

Jill Ann Harrison

in Buoyancy on the Bayou: Shrimpers Face the Rising Tide of Globalization

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801450747
eISBN:
9780801465796
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801450747.003.0003
Subject:
Sociology, Occupations, Professions, and Work

This chapter focuses on those who remained fishers. It highlights how their loyalty to their way of life is grounded in a rich Cajun cultural history and constructed with great respect to family ... More


“Wondering”: Riverside Ramblers Bluebird B-6926

Tony Russell

in Rural Rhythm: The Story of Old-Time Country Music in 78 Records

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
March 2021
ISBN:
9780190091187
eISBN:
9780190091217
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190091187.003.0072
Subject:
Music, History, American, Popular

This chapter discusses Riverside Ramblers, “Wondering”, Hackberry Ramblers, stringband, Louisiana Cajun music, and Bluebird Records


Louisiana

Charlotte Adelman and Bernard L Schwartz

in Prairie Directory of North America: The United States, Canada, and Mexico

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780195366945
eISBN:
9780190267759
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780195366945.003.0014
Subject:
Biology, Ecology

This chapter provides a historical background of Louisiana's prairies followed by a list of prairies by county. Each site is briefly described, followed by symbols showing site features, a brief ... More


History and Variation in Louisiana French

Nathalie Dajko

in Language in Louisiana: Community and Culture

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
January 2020
ISBN:
9781496823854
eISBN:
9781496823861
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781496823854.003.0006
Subject:
Society and Culture, Cultural Studies

This is an overview of the range of French spoken in Louisiana and the historical forces that created the francophone landscape we have today.


Cajun English: A Linguistic and Cultural Profile

Katie Carmichael

in Language in Louisiana: Community and Culture

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
January 2020
ISBN:
9781496823854
eISBN:
9781496823861
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781496823854.003.0011
Subject:
Society and Culture, Cultural Studies

This is an overview of the historical and cultural forces that created Cajun English, including a discussion of some of the dialects more prominent features.


Cajun and Zydeco Dance Music in Northern California: Modern Pleasures in a Postmodern World

Mark F. DeWitt

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781604730906
eISBN:
9781604733372
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781604730906.001.0001
Subject:
Music, Ethnomusicology, World Music

Queen Ida. Danny Poullard. Documentary filmmaker Les Blank. Chris Strachwitz and Arhoolie Records. These are names that are familiar to many fans of Cajun music and zydeco, and they have one other ... More


Better than Nothing: Broomstick Weddings in European American Ritual Practice

Tyler D. Parry

in Jumping the Broom: The Surprising Multicultural Origins of a Black Wedding Ritual

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
January 2022
ISBN:
9781469660868
eISBN:
9781469660882
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469660868.003.0006
Subject:
History, African-American History

The use of the broomstick wedding among European-American communities is an understudied component of this ritual history, and this chapter provides the first extended treatment of the marital ... More


Prelude: Down At The Twist And Shout

Mark F. DeWitt

in Cajun and Zydeco Dance Music in Northern California: Modern Pleasures in a Postmodern World

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781604730906
eISBN:
9781604733372
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781604730906.003.0001
Subject:
Music, Ethnomusicology, World Music

This book focuses on a vibrant Cajun and zydeco music and dance scene in the San Francisco Bay Area and nearby regions of northern California. This chapter describes the themes central to the book, ... More


Identity Issues, Research Methods, and Ethnography

Mark F. DeWitt

in Cajun and Zydeco Dance Music in Northern California: Modern Pleasures in a Postmodern World

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781604730906
eISBN:
9781604733372
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781604730906.003.0002
Subject:
Music, Ethnomusicology, World Music

This chapter addresses questions of identity as they apply to Cajun and Creole history, to the author and his research methods, and to how the book is written. In the course of the discussion, the ... More


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