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Cajun Breakdown: The Emergence of an American Made Music

Ryan André Brasseaux


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 of the American musical landscape. French North American songs, minstrel tunes, blues, New Orleans jazz, hillbilly, Tin Pan Alley melodies, and western swing all became part of the Cajun musical equation. The idiom’s synthetic nature suggests an extensive and intensive dialogue with popular culture that extinguishes the myth that Cajuns were an insular folk group astray in the American South. Musica ... More

Keywords: Cajun music, ethnicity, country and western, popular culture, New Orleans jazz, folklore, American South, French, vernacular music

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780195343069
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195343069.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ryan André Brasseaux, author
Yale University