1 24Southwestern Historical QuarterlyJuly There is pride ofschool on every page while a great love ofthe university permeates the entire volume. Anyone reading this book will come to die conclusion that Texas has good reason to be proud of Abilene Christian University. Moreover, anyone affiliated with ACU will have good reason to be proud of this volume. Austin CollegeLight Townsend Cummins Texas Zydeco. By Roger Wood, photography byJames Fraher. (Austin: University of Texas Press, 2006. Pp. 343. Illustrations, appendix, bibliography, index. ISBN 0292712588. $34.95, cloth.) A welcome perspective on a musical genre usuaUy Unked exclusively to Louisiana, Texas Zydeco appears in theJack and Doris Smothers Series in Texas History, Life, and Culture and in the Brad and Michèle Moore Roots Music Series. As we know, the term "Zydeco" derives from the creolized French word "haricots" in the sentence "les haricoh sont pas sales", which means the "snap beans are not salted," an ongoing statement in many Cajun songs from the early twentieth century. But as folk expert Mack McCormick often said, Zydeco could also mean a dance party, a gathering of people for such a dance, and notjust a musical genre emerging from Louisiana. In this lavish book,
Southwestern Historical Quarterly – Texas State Historical Association
Published: Jul 6, 2007
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