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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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The Modern Cajun Sound

The Modern Cajun Sound

(p.131) 6 The Modern Cajun Sound
Cajun Breakdown

Ryan André Brasseaux

Oxford University Press

Cajun Swing embodied the Bayou Country’s rural past and industrial present. The modern sounds of swing expressed the plight of musicians’ attempting to negotiate simultaneously urbanization and the bounds of traditional French and popular Anglo American repertoires. The struggles of Cajun Swing’s exponents to overcome the emotional dimensions of stigmatization and poverty through the freedom afforded by economic independence are considered here. Self employment became a paramount aspiration for rural working class Cajuns during the Great Depression as this south Louisiana underclass sank deeper and deeper into the dark chasm that sharecropping had become. Industrialization, the role of whiteness in Louisiana, and the professionalization of Cajun music among Cajun swing musicians form the basis of this essay

Keywords:   industrialization, whiteness, professionalization, orquesta, Leo Soileau, Luderin Darbone, Hackberry Ramblers

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