Joshua Clegg Caffery,Barry Jean Ancelet's Traditional Music in Coastal Louisiana: The 1934 Lomax PDF

By Joshua Clegg Caffery,Barry Jean Ancelet

Alan Lomax's prolific sixty-four-year occupation as a folklorist and musicologist started with a visit around the South and into the guts of Louisiana's Cajun state in the course of the peak of the good melancholy. In 1934, his father John, then curator of the Library of Congress's Archive of yankee people track, took an eighteen-year-old Alan and a 300-pound aluminum disk recorder into the rice fields of Jennings, alongside the waterways of latest Iberia, and in the back of the gates of Angola country penal complex to gather vestiges of African American and Acadian musical culture. those recordings now function the foundational rfile of indigenous Louisiana track.

Although well known by way of students as a key artifact within the realizing of yankee vernacular track, many of the recordings via John and Alan Lomax in the course of their day trip around the central-southern edge of Louisiana have been by no means transcribed or translated, less studied extensive. This quantity offers, for the 1st time, a accomplished exam of the 1934 corpus and unveils a multifaceted tale of conventional music in a single of the country's so much culturally dynamic regions.

Through his textual and comparative examine of the songs inside the Lomax assortment, Joshua Clegg Caffery offers a musical historical past of Louisiana that extends past Cajun song and zydeco to the agricultural blues, Irish and English people songs, play-party songs, slave spirituals, and conventional French people songs that thrived on the time of those recordings.

Intimate in its presentation of Louisiana folklife and vast in its old scope, conventional song in Coastal Louisiana honors the legacy of John and Alan Lomax by way of retrieving those musical relics from obscurity and making sure their knowing and appreciation for generations to come back.


• whole transcriptions of the 1934 Lomax box recordings in southwestern Louisiana

• Side-by-side translations from French to English

• images from the 1934 box journey and biographical information about the performers

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