Jazz Age: People and Perspectives (Perspectives in American Social History)

Jazz Age: People and Perspectives (Perspectives in American Social History)
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A collection of essays encompassing a wide variety of topics, people, and events that embodied the Jazz Age, both familiar and obscure.

• Written by experts from a variety of fields including history, music, literature, African American studies, and religious studies

• Includes an extensive chronology of the defining moments of the Jazz Age from the worlds of politics, society and culture, the arts, business, and more

Jazz: The American Theme Song

Jazz: The American Theme Song
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Praised by the Washington Post as a “tough, unblinkered critic,” James Lincoln Collier is probably the most controversial writer on jazz today. His acclaimed biographies of Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, and Benny Goodman continue to spark debate in jazz circles, and his iconoclastic articles on jazz over the past 30 years have attracted even more attention. With the publication of Jazz: The American Theme Song, Collier does nothing to soften his reputation for hard-hitting, incisive commentary. Questioning everything we think we know about jazz–its origins, its innovative geniuses, the importance of improvisation and spontaneous inspiration in a performance–and the jazz….

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Mingus: A Critical Biography (Da Capo Paperback)

Mingus: A Critical Biography (A Da Capo paperback)
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It would be no exaggeration to call Charles Mingus the greatest bass player in the history of jazz; indeed, some might even regard it as understatement, for the hurricane power of his work as a composer, teacher, band leader, and iconoclast reached far beyond jazz while remaining true to its heritage in the music of Duke Ellington, Charlie Parker, and Thelonious Monk. In this new biography Brian Priestley has written a masterly study of Mingus’s dynamic career from the early years in Swing, to the escapades of the Bebop era, through his musical maturity in the ’50s when he directed….

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Focus: Music of South Africa (Focus on World Music Series)

Focus: Music of South Africa, 2nd Edition (Focus on World Music Series)
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Focus: Music of South Africa provides an in-depth look at the full spectrum of South African music, a musical culture that epitomizes the enormous ethnic, religious, linguistic, class, and gender diversity of the nation itself. Drawing on extensive field and archival research, as well as her own personal experiences, noted ethnomusicologist and South African native Carol A. Muller looks at how South Africans have used music to express a sense of place in South Africa, on the African continent, and around the world. Part One, Creating Connections, provides introductory materials for the study of South African Music…..

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Great Singers Of The 20th Century

Great Singers Of The 20th Century
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Amongst the thousands of popular singers who graced the concert halls, night clubs and record charts in the twentieth century, a handful have risen to become the greats of their craft. This book rashly identifies the twenty best singers of the century, describes their lives, and analyzes the technical elements of their art. The chosen ones represent almost every aspect of their trade: vaudeville, jazz, stage and screen, pop, rock, country and western, folk, R&B, gospel and cabaret. The 20 singers, in chronological order of their birth, are Al Jolson, Ethel Waters, Mabel Mercer, Louis Armstrong, Bing Crosby, Billie Holiday,….

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Motown : The Golden Years: The Stars and Music That Shaped a Generation

Motown : The Golden Years: The Stars and Music That Shaped a Generation
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This is the book for lovers of Motown! Author and Motown historian Bill Dahl has expertly compiled this comprehensive guide to the musical combination of pop and gospel, known as Motown. This new compilation features an A-to-Z listing and biography of nearly every Motown group since its beginning in 1959. Also included are never-before-published photos. Enthusiasts will now have a chance to own a complete encyclopaedia of groups and artists, along with information about their music, including a discography and price guide. Dahl has written liner notes for hundreds of recordings and is also a regular contributor to many record….

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Beautiful Mornin': The Broadway Musical in the 1940s

Beautiful Mornin': The Broadway Musical in the 1940s
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“Music and girls are the soul of musical comedy,” one critic wrote, early in the 1940s. But this was the age that wanted more than melody and kickline form its musical shows. The form had been running on empty for too long, as a formula for the assembly of spare parts–star comics, generic love songs, rumba dancers, Ethel Merman. If Rodgers and Hammerstein hadn’t existed, Broadway would have had to invent them; and Oklahoma! and Carousel came along just in time to announce the New Formula for Writing Musicals: Don’t have a formula. Instead, start with strong characters and atmosphere:….

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Riding On A Blue Note: Jazz And American Pop

Riding On A Blue Note: Jazz And American Pop
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Gary Giddins, winner of the 1998 National Book Critics Circle Award, has a following that includes not only jazz enthusiasts but also pop music fans of every stripe. Writing here in a lyrical and celebratory style all his own, Giddins dazzlingly shows us—among many other things—how performers originally perceived as radical (Bing Crosby, Count Basie, Elvis Presley) became conservative institutions … how Charlie Parker created a masterpiece from the strain of an inane ditty … how the Dominoes helped combine church ritual with pop music … and how Irving Berlin translated a chiaroscuro of Lower East Side minorities into imperishable….

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Louis Prima (Music in American Life)

Louis Prima (Music in American Life)
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In a career that spanned four decades, Prima infused the grit and grace of Dixieland jazz with swing rhythms, big band sounds, and the first resonances of rock ‘n’ roll as he enthralled audiences with a stage presence steeped in vaudeville tradition. A native of New Orleans, this Guy Lombardo protege known as “The Italian Satchmo” was the country’s smashing new jazz sensation at New York’s Famous Door in the 1930s. He went on to be a successful big band leader and a Vegas nightclub staple, virtually creating the concept of the lounge act. But because Prima, like fellow New….

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