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“It’s All French Music”: Patrons on the Trail

  • Patricia Peknik
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Abstract

The work being done at Fred’s Lounge to preserve and promote the French-language music of Southwest Louisiana came at a time when academic and governmental interests were focused on discovering, preserving, and promoting the art and music of regional cultures. The work of intellectuals and the interests of community culture boosters came together in an ongoing conversation over three decades in which federal folklorists like Alan Lomax and Ralph Rinzler were collecting music to serve the culture interests of the nation, while academic music collectors like Harry Oster and commercial collectors like Chris Strachwitz went over the same ground in the interests of the state, the university and the record label. Government musicologists, record label executives, and folklore academics had very different ideas about the relationship between folk music, identity, and the larger culture.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Patricia Peknik
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  1. 1.Berklee College of MusicBostonUSA

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