Bébé Carrière Interview, 1983

I clearly remember going to Bébé’s little house in Lawtell to interview him. He was a handsome, light skin creole, tall and slim. He had a gentle, slow way of talking. On another day I went back to visit him and his brother Eraste to film them playing music and take photographs of them in sunlight because Bébé’s house was a bit dark. I had brought my baby son Wilson along since I didn’t have a babysitter and Bébé’s wife Emily held him while I filmed Bébé and Eraste.

-Ann Savoy

Bébé Carrière
Photo by Ann Savoy
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Interviewee: Bébé Carrière
Interviewer: Ann Savoy
Date: July 27, 1983
Location:  Bébé’s Home in Lawtell, LA
Language: English

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Statement on the passing of Chris Strachwitz

Arhoolie Records Founder
July 1, 1931 – May 5, 2023

We celebrate the life of our founder, friend, and great record man Chris Strachwitz. He died peacefully at home in Marin County, CA, surrounded in his last days by dear friends and family. Over his 91 years, Chris captured the music that represents the best “down home music” the world has to offer.

He was at the forefront of nearly all the roots revivals over the last 60 years including blues, zydeco, Cajun, Norteño and Tejano music. His drive to document traditional music helped introduce the nation to our diverse musical heritage. He had the foresight to save music that might have otherwise been lost to obscurity and played a role in strengthening cultural traditions through his records, films, and most recently the Arhoolie Foundation. He cared for those around him, fought for royalties and recognition for Arhoolie artists, and provided counsel to countless musicians, writers, film makers, and academics.

Plans for a public celebration of his life will be announced in the coming weeks. Today we’re thinking of all that Chris brought to our lives and the lives of the musicians and fans with whom he shared his passion.