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Cajun BreakdownThe Emergence of an American Made Music$
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Ryan André Brasseaux

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195343069

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195343069.001.0001

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Introduction: Framing Cajun Music

Introduction: Framing Cajun Music

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(p.3) Introduction: Framing Cajun Music
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Cajun Breakdown
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Ryan André Brasseaux

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195343069.003.0001

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 acting on the genre—including minstrelsy, showboats, and travelling entertainment—frame this Introduction to Cajun music’s pre-commercial history. This chapter argues that interaction, not isolation, attributed to the vibrancy of Cajun music

Keywords:   Cajun music, ethnicity, minstrelsy, popular culture, New Orleans, accordion, fiddle, race relations, vernacular music

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