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Cajun and Zydeco Dance Music in Northern CaliforniaModern Pleasures in a Postmodern World$
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Mark F. DeWitt

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9781604730906

Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781604730906.001.0001

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Further Creole Migration and Bridging to Other Social Networks

Further Creole Migration and Bridging to Other Social Networks

(p.75) Chapter Five Further Creole Migration and Bridging to Other Social Networks
Cajun and Zydeco Dance Music in Northern California

Mark F. DeWitt

University Press of Mississippi

Creole migration to California continued through the postwar periods of the 1940s, as social inequality in the South and differential economic opportunities made California attractive as a place to live. The foothold that Creoles gained in the Bay Area during World War II eased the way for friends and relatives to follow. This chapter discusses postwar trends in Louisiana French Music; Danny Poullard (1938–2001), a pivotal figure in the history of Louisiana French music in California, as a performer, teacher, and inspiration to other musicians; dancer Betty Leblanc; dance teacher Olivia Guillory; and the local influence of record producer Chris Strachwitz and filmmaker Les Blank.

Keywords:   Creoles, immigrations, California, Louisiana French Music, Danny Poullard, Betty Leblanc, Olivia Guillory, Chris Strachwitz, Les Blank

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