The Center for Louisiana Studies of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette
is happy to announce publication of Accordions, Fiddles, Two-Step, & Swing:
A Cajun Music Reader, a 535-page compilation of the best material ever
written on Cajun music.
"They love to dance most of all, more than any other people in the colony,"
French immigrant C.C. Robin wrote of the Cajun community in 1803. The
vibrancy of folk musical traditions in south Louisiana has captured the
imaginations of historians, music aficionados, and dancers across the world.
Editors Ryan A. Brasseaux and Kevin S. Fontenot provide a sweeping overview
of Cajun music, from early studies of the musical genre, to organizations
based on preserving culture through music, to its early heyday on the radio
and festival stage, to its present state, edging onto the national radar
with Grammy awards, blockbuster movie soundtracks, and revolutionary
adaptations of old Cajun standards. The materials featured in this volume
are organized into categories based on their thematic focus‹socio-cultural
context, commercialization, and artist biography.
Accordions, Fiddles, Two Step & Swing is designed with scholars, students,
and Cajun music aficionados in mind. The articles included represent the
spectrum of Cajun musical expression as interpreted by authors from all
walks of life. Materials ranging from instrumentation to information dealing
with specific artists and social contexts demonstrate that Cajun music is
defined more by ethos and social context than a delimited set of stylistic
features. We hope this collection of essays will stimulate a new generation
of researchers to document shifts within the local, regional, even global
soundscapes. Perhaps this collection of essays will also encourage budding
scholars and established humanists alike to document a bit of culture for
posterity one song at a time.
Accordions, Fiddles, Two-Step, & Swing: A Cajun Music Reader sells for
$27.50 in paperback and $40.00 in hardcover; copies can be purchased
directly from the publisher by calling (337) 482-1163 or by sending check or
money order payment to:
Center for Louisiana Studies
P.O. Box 40831
University of Louisiana at Lafayette
Lafayette, LA 70504
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