Cajun Swamp Music Live is one of the best of all albums of Cajun-Zydeco music, by the great Clifton Chenier, recorded at a jazz festival in Switzerland in 1975. As far as I know it has never been released in its entirety on CD — Arhoolie offers a slightly abridged version of the concert — but fortunately my vinyl copy is in excellent shape.

Over thirty years ago, when I was writing the screenplay that got me to Hollywood, a story set in Cajun country, Cajun music was still obscure regional stuff. I played this album over and over again, in sheer amazement, as I tapped out my tale on the keys of a small portable typewriter.

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