The Roots of Rock and Roll

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The Roots of Rock and Roll March 11, 2008 Music of the Gulf Coast o Southern Louisiana o Two rival ethnic communities: Creole and Cajun- rich musical traditions o Origins: Acadia (Nova Scotia) o Migrated to French territory in Louisiana o Based on cultural and linguistic affinity between two communities o “Cajun”- acadien o Subjected to second forced migration- portions of Louisiana came under Spanish rule o Settled in tidal flats and bayous- deeper into the country- wanted isolation o Isolation: preservation of French language and traditions o Contact with other cultures: Creole, Native American, Caribbean, European etc. Cajun Music o Original songs and dances, cross-pollinate with local cultures o Cajun music appropriated nasal singing style of Anglo music and fiddle o Guitar from Spanish culture o Rhythmic profile of AA traditions o Accordion: Austrian music o Ballads, lullabies and religious music of French music o 1920s- ‘Cajun” music discovered (byproduct of the national interest in jazz) o Late 1920s- first recording of Cajun music o 1928: Joe Falcon and Cleoma Breaux o 1928-41:recorded 45 sides o Falcon (accordion) and Breauz (guitar) o
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