Title page for ETD etd-11102004-152234

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Brasseaux, Ryan Andre
Author's Email Address rbrass1@lsu.edu, hregis1@lsu.edu, gaedwa@lsu.edu, cware1@lsu.edu
URN etd-11102004-152234
Title Bayou Boogie: The Americanization of Cajun Music, 1928-1950
Degree Master of Arts (M.A.)
Department Geography & Anthropology
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Jay Edwards Committee Chair
Carolyn Ware Committee Member
Helen Regis Committee Member
  • cajun music
  • alan lomax
  • cajuns
  • louisiana history
  • accordion
  • fiddle
Date of Defense 2004-11-03
Availability unrestricted
Bayou Boogie by Ryan A. Brasseaux outlines the evolution of Cajun music from 1928 to 1950. This thesis highlights obscure recordings by lesser-known Cajun artists to demonstrate how the Cajun-American discourse took place across Fredrik Barth's ethnic boundaries model. This study acknowledges the complexities of the Cajun experience by examining the regional and national socio-cultural contexts in which commercial Cajun recordings flourished. The birth of commercial Cajun music, John and Alan Lomax's 1934 Louisiana field recordings, and Cajun swing (Cajun inflected-western swing) are all discussed in detail to paint a picture of the complexities that shaped south Louisiana's fertile musical landscape between 1928 and 1950. Brasseaux uses music to illustrate the historical roots of the present-day Cajun-American discourse, ultimately concluding that Cajuns negotiated their ethnic and American identities without compromising their ethnicity to protect their cultural resources.
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