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The Jazz Revolution: Twenties America & the Meaning of Jazz

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In this illuminating work, Kathy Ogren places jazz - a controversial form at its inception - in the social and cultural context of 1920s America and sheds new light on its impact on the nation. She traces its dissemination from the honky-tonks of New Orleans, New York, and Chicago, to the clubs and cabarets of such places as Kansas City and Los Angeles, and further to the ...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published May 19th 1992 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published February 23rd 1989)
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Sarah Zama
Feb 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone interested in jazz and jazz age social history
I really enjoyed this book, it is everything which I expect from a social history.
It starts off tracing - or trying to trace, because nobody knows it for sure - the history of jazz, how and from what it was born, going back to African and slave music. How this changed to performance, how it became ragtime first, then jazz. What where the places where this kind of music was most frequently performed and since such places where often not too respectable (if not respectable at all), so it was
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Boorrito
I found the first two chapters pretty hard going, but after that I started to enjoy reading it. I think a lot of the musical theorish stuff threw me off (I once got 36% on a musical theory test back at secondary school, enough said). I'm also going to check out more stuff by Langston Hughes (one of his poems was in here and it was pretty awesome).
Anne
Jun 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Read it in one sitting. A absolutely indispensable work about the intersection of music and American history.
Danielle
Nov 24, 2011 rated it did not like it
I couldn't get into the writer's style of prose in telling the history of jazz. While I find the topic an interesting one, with 3 other books in process I couldn't keep this one in the queue.
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