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Taj Mahal Foxtrot: The Story of Bombay's Jazz Age

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First ever history of Jazz in India - matched with rare archival images never-before published Packaged with a free CD of original jazz recordings of the time 'Fernandes is among the best narrative historians in India today, and his new book is a triumph of storytelling. Taj Mahal Foxtrot's got the beat.' Suketu Mehta 'The pictures match the words, producing this jewel of ...more
Hardcover, 192 pages
Published November 16th 2012 by Roli Books (first published October 16th 2012)
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Mar 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
A heartfelt history of the Jazz Age by the Bay

When, in 1935, Jazz traveled from its birthplace in New Orleans to colonial Bombay, most people wouldn't have anticipated its rewriting of the city's musical ethos for decades to come. Taj Mahal Foxtrot maps the cultural history of Jazz in this city of dreams, traveling from elite ballrooms of The Taj to its miscegeneration with Hindustani in Bollywood — and beyond. From cabaret, minstrelsy, and a privilege of the high society to a political tool
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Apr 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Taj Mahal Foxtrot is essential reading for anyone interested in the history of Bombay. It covers the Jazz age between 1935 and 1965 and a dizzying number of artists, singers, journalists and historians waltz in and out of the book across continents while centering around the jazz culture of South Bombay, some of them (like Soli Sorabjee, Alyque Padmasee) are names which you have heard in a different capacity. It also harkens to a much more cosmopolitan and inclusive past of the city where people ...more
Nate Rabe
Feb 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Top notch cultural history
Jun 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: jazz-history, india
Well researched and very well written, this book is appealing to anybody with interest in the History of Jazz. Its thrilling mix of etnographic history, jazz history, India's colonial and Independence history along with the international politics background influencing music related matters, make the book a must for a good jazz library. But not only that. I had many questions about the roots and history of the music of the old times of Bollywood film industry developed in the same city as the hi ...more
A good book that leaves room for better histories to be written. Not as coffee table as it looks, but not too rigorous either. Left me wishing some threads were pursued deeper, among other things, but I do recommend this. It's a singular history of a time starved of attention, both academic and popular, and Fernandes does a decent job. ...more
Faisal Rahman
Apr 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Written with a lot of joy. It chronicles a Bombay we (the millennials) are entirely unaware of. Would love to read more about the Jazz times of this city.
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