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The Jazz Life
The last few years have witnessed an enormous resurgence in the popularity of jazz, after some lean times in the sixties when many potential jazz fans turned to rock. Now the pendulum is on the backswing, and vintage and modern jazz as well as "jazz rock" are attracting huge new audiences. One factor involved in the comeback of jazz among blacks and whites alike is the ris ...more
Paperback, 255 pages
Published August 22nd 1978 by Da Capo Press
(first published 1961)
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Nat Hentoff defines himself many times in The Jazz Life as a "non-musician jazz critic," neither to forgive his lack of technical insight not as a way of establishing his reputation as a leading voice in this sector. Nevertheless, this book serves as a testament to how such criticism, in jazz and otherwise, can be insightful and interesting. Bonus point to the fact that this book back written in the 60s/70s and refers to certain elements of the titular jazz life from the viewpoint of the era. In ...more
Nathan Irving "Nat" Hentoff was a historian, novelist, music critic, and syndicated columnist. As a civil libertarian and free-speech activist, he has been described by the Cato Institute—where he has been a senior fellow since 2009—as "one of the foremost authorities on the First Amendment" to the U.S. Constitution. He was a staff writer for The New Yorker for over 25 years, and was formerly a co ...moreMore about Nat Hentoff