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Cajun Breakdown: The Emergence of an American-Made Music

Cajun Breakdown: The Emergence of an American-Made Music (Paperback)

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In 1946, Harry Choates, a Cajun fiddle virtuoso, changed the course of American musical history when his recording of the so-called Cajun national anthem "Jole Blon" reached number four on the national Billboard charts. Cajun music became part of the American consciousness for the first time thanks to the unprecedented success of this issue, as the French tune crossed cultural, ethnic, racial, and socio-economic boundaries. Country music stars Moon Mullican, Roy Acuff, Bob Wills, and Hank Snow rushed into the studio to record their own interpretations of the waltz-followed years later by Waylon Jennings and Bruce Springsteen. The cross-cultural musical legacy of this plaintive waltz also paved the way for Hank Williams Sr.'s Cajun-influenced hit "Jamabalaya." Choates' "Jole Blon" represents the culmination of a centuries-old dialogue between the Cajun community and the rest of America. Joining into this dialogue is the most thoroughly researched and broadly conceived history of Cajun music yet p

History & PoliticsRegional & national historyHistory of the AmericasMusic & DanceDanceTheory of music & musicologyMusic & DanceMusic BooksMusic: styles & genresFolk & traditional music Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc Publication Date: 01/10/2016 ISBN-13: 9780190628444  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Louisiana native Ryan Andre Brasseaux is the Dean of Davenport College and Lecturer in American Studies at Yale University. A former Research Associate for public radio's American Routes hosted by Nick Spitzer, Brasseaux has served as a Cajun cultural expert for the National Council for the Traditional Arts, Associated Press, National Public Radio, Public Radio International, Canadian Broadcast Corporation, National Film Board of Canada, and the Food Network. He lives on Yale's campus with his wife Jessika and their two children Anne Elise and Joseph Emile.

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