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French Louisiana Music and Its Patrons

The Popularization and Transformation of a Regional Sound

Authors: Peknik, Patricia

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  • Examines French Louisiana music from national and international perspectives
  • Foregrounds the advocates and patrons who were key figures in the revival and popularization of French Louisiana music
  • Appeals to scholars and students of music history, social history, Southern history and culture, and folklore
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French Louisiana music emerged from the bayous and prairies of Southwest Louisiana in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Pioneered by impoverished Acadian and Afro-Caribbean settlers, the sound is marked by a high-pitched fiddle playing loud and fast above the bellow of a diatonic accordion. With lyrics about disaster and heartache sung cheerfully in a French dialect, the effect is dissonant and haunting. French Louisiana music was largely ignored in mainstream music culture, except by a handful of collectors, scholars, and commercial promoters who sought to popularize it. From the first recordings in the 1920s to the transformation of the genre by the 1970s, the spread of this regional sound was driven by local, national, and international elites who saw the music’s traditions and performers in the context of larger social, political, and cultural developments, including the folk revival and the civil rights and ethnic revival movements. Patricia Peknik illuminates how the music’s history and meaning were interpreted by a variety of actors who brought the genre onto a national and global stage, revealing the many interests at work in the popularization of a regional music.

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Patricia Peknik is Associate Professor of History at Berklee College of Music, USA.

Table of contents (9 chapters)

Table of contents (9 chapters)
  • Introduction: “A Wild and Ferocious Waltz”

    Pages 1-23

    Peknik, Patricia

  • French Louisiana Music from Home and Dance Hall to Radio and Fred’s Lounge

    Pages 25-57

    Peknik, Patricia

  • From the War on French to the War in France: World War II and Cultural Identity

    Pages 59-84

    Peknik, Patricia

  • “It’s All French Music”: Patrons on the Trail

    Pages 85-107

    Peknik, Patricia

  • Brand New Old-Time Southern Americana: Harry Smith’s Anthology Brings French Louisiana Music into the Folk Canon

    Pages 109-132

    Peknik, Patricia

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eBook $64.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-97424-8
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Hardcover $84.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-97423-1
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Softcover $84.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-030-07354-1
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
French Louisiana Music and Its Patrons
Book Subtitle
The Popularization and Transformation of a Regional Sound
Authors
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG, part of Springer Nature
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-97424-8
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-97424-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-97423-1
Softcover ISBN
978-3-030-07354-1
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 223
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