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Cajun and Zydeco Dance Music in Northern California – Modern Pleasures in a Postmodern World - University Press of Mississippi
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Cajun and Zydeco Dance Music in Northern California: Modern Pleasures in a Postmodern World

Mark F. DeWitt


Queen Ida. Danny Poullard. Documentary filmmaker Les Blank. Chris Strachwitz and Arhoolie Records. These are names that are familiar to many fans of Cajun music and zydeco, and they have one other thing in common: longtime residence in the San Francisco Bay Area. They are all part of a vibrant scene of dancing and live Louisiana-French music that has evolved over several decades. This book traces how this region of California has been able to develop and sustain dances several times a week with more than a dozen bands. Description of this active regional scene opens into a discussion of severa ... More

Keywords: Queen Ida, Danny Poullard, Les Blank, Chris Strachwitz, Arhoolie Records, Cajun music, zydeco, San Francisco Bay, Louisiana-French music, Creole dance music

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9781604730906
Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014 DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781604730906.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mark F. DeWitt, author