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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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Early Commercial Era

Early Commercial Era

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Cajun Breakdown

Ryan André Brasseaux

Oxford University Press

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 the ethnic, race, and hillbilly markets, are examined to illustrate the cultural intersections between the Bayou Country and America writ large. The pioneering recording careers of Joe Falcon, Cleoma Breaux Falcon, and Leo Soileau are also offered as further examples of the recording industry’s impact on local traditions and perceptions of Cajun music.

Keywords:   Cajun music, hillbilly, race records, mass consumption, commercialization, mass culture, phonograph, gramophone, shellac, recording studio, Jimmie Rodgers, accordion, New Orleans, Columbia Records, Ralph Peer, country music

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