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Ralph Rinzler and the Smithsonian Folklife Festival

It was probably 1966, and Ralph Rinzler was setting up his tape recorder in my apartment to play me some of the Cajun music he had recorded on his recent field trip to southwest Louisiana. I had heard a Cajun group at the last Newport Festival I had attended. I remembered the group of White men singing songs in French at what was to my ears an unusually high pitch, accompanied by accordion and fiddle.

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