Swamp Pop: Cajun and Creole Rhythm and Blues [NOOK Book]


A search for the sources and sounds of an often overlooked sister genre of Cajun and zydeco music

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Swamp Pop: Cajun and Creole Rhythm and Blues

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A search for the sources and sounds of an often overlooked sister genre of Cajun and zydeco music

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Don't fret if you never notice the latest swamp pop hit blaring out of the music store at the mall. The sad truth is, you probably won't find many of the artists mentioned in this thoroughly researched and well-documented book alongside the Jerry Lee Lewis or Neville Brothers discs. Unless, that is, you live deep in the heart of Louisiana bayou country, where this frisky subgenre of rock and roll really has its hold. If swamp pop never garnered broad national attention, this anonymity may have been a blessing, allowing the various influencesmostly acoustic Creole and Cajun folk music and Detroit- and Chicago-style electric rhythm and bluesto evolve uninterrupted into an even more flavorful musical gumbo. Written for the serious musicologist more than for the casual radio listener, Swamp Pop simultaneously chronicles the achievements of the subgroup's earliest movers and shakers (Johnny Preston, Cookie and the Cupcakes) as well as the efforts of its few contemporary practitioners (C.C. Adcock). Bernard forgoes drawing many parallels to better-known bands or subgenres, but Creedence Clearwater Revival and their San Francisco peers in the '60s and this country's current underground garage-band scene immediately pop to mind. That said, Bernard's annotated discography and endnotes should lead the most curious reader in the right direction. (Aug.)
Library Journal
Son of Louisiana swamp pop musician Rod Bernard, the author, who has written various articles on the history and music of Louisiana and is the compiler of several retrospective swamp pop CDs, draws on his master's thesis for this comprehensive work. Bernard considers swamp pop to be a Creole/Cajun hybrid form unique to southern Louisiana and southeast Texas, whose golden age was from 1958 to 1963. Though much of this music achieved popularity only in the area, several records became national hits, Phil Phillip's "Sea of Love" (1959) being one of the better known examples. Bernard makes good use of the musical connections that few others would have to analyze the music and profile some of the musicians who made it. Moreover, he ties swamp pop into the rich cultural history of the region and investigates the music's surprisingly wide influence. Little has been written on swamp pop, making this a desirable selection for ethnic music and regional collections.James E. Ross, WLN, Seattle
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781604737257
  • Publisher: University Press of Mississippi
  • Publication date: 9/23/2009
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 1,101,308
  • File size: 20 MB
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Table of Contents

Louisiana Saturday Night: An Introduction 3
Who Named It Swamp Pop and What Is It? 14
The Sound of Swamp Pop 24
The Birth of Swamp Pop Music 40
Cajun and Black Creole Elements in Swamp Pop Music 75
The Future of Swamp Pop 98
Case Studies
Huey "Cookie" Thierry 115
King Karl and Guitar Gable 124
Bobby Charles 132
Warren Storm 138
Rod Bernard 144
Johnnie Allan 150
Gene Terry 156
Joe Barry 162
Benny Graeff 169
Swamp Pop Timeline and Discography 177
Suggested Listening on Compact Disc 187
Notes 195
Bibliography 225
Song Title Index 245
Subject Index 251
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