John Broven

South to Louisiana: The Music of the Cajun Bayou, 2nd Edition

  • "Perhaps the book's most telling virtue is that it makes me want to go and listen to the music described in its chapters! Couple with this an effortless flow of prose, a profusely detailed appendix, and the many historic photographs, and you have a book destined to become a classic in the appreciation of vernacular North American music."

    --Bez Turner, Blues Unlimited


    "A great book--informative, funny, thoroughly entertaining, but most important of all it is an absolutely ESSENTIAL reference work for anyone who's interested in one of America's last great overlooked ethnic music."

    -- Houston Post


    The first edition of South to Louisiana helped popularize the term "swamp pop" throughout the world with its exploration of the origins of the distinctive swamp-pop sound. This revised and expanded second edition of John Broven's groundbreaking study of South Louisiana music details the region's unique genres, exploring early Cajun and Cajun-country through zydeco and blues to the current Cajun revival.