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Swingin' the Dream by Lewis A. Erenberg
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Fascinating look at the societal implications of jazz and swing music from the late 20's to the mid 40's. Erenberg illustrates how swing was thought of by its players and fans as the embodiment of a more open democracy. Most of the book is concerned with how swing was affected by racism and vice verse. There was a constant pushing of social and racial boundaries and and almost always a pushing back and a pulling away by those hiring the bands, trying to make a living. The author also addresses the commercialization and sort of sanitization of black music into swing, and the rebellion against it with the rise of the more political bebop.
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