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The Jazz Age : Popular Music in the 1920s - Arnold Shaw

The Jazz Age

Popular Music in the 1920s

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Published: 1st January 1996
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F. Scott Fitzgerald named it, Louis Armstrong launched it, Paul Whiteman and Fletcher Henderson orchestrated it, and now Arnold Shaw chronicles this fabulous era in his marvelously engrossing book, appropriately called The Jazz Age. Enriching his account with lively anecdotes and inside stories, he describes the astonishing outpouring of significant musical innovations that emerged during the "Roaring Twenties"--including blues, jazz, band music, torch ballads, operettas, and musicals--and sets them against the background of the Prohibition world of the Flapper and the Gangster.
The Jazz Age offers an insider's view into the significant developments and personalities of the jazz age, including the maturation and Americanization of the Broadway musical theater, the explosion of the arts celebrated in the Harlem Renaissance, the rise of the Classic Blues Singers, and the evolution of ragtime into stride piano. It also contains a bibliography, detailed discography, and listings of the songs of the twenties in Variety's "Golden 100" and of films featuring singers and songwriters of the era.

"I am deeply moved by Arnold Shaw's The Jazz Age."--Quincy Jones, Grammy Award winner "A unique portrayal of the 1920s."--Library Journal "As one who grew up in the 1920s, and has been reading Arnold Shaw with admiration for some twenty-odd years, I read The Jazz Age not only nostalgically, but also with gratitude to one who tells us so much, and so knowledgeably, about what lay behind the music that I and many others of our generation simply took--at the time--for granted."--Henry Pleasants "Vastly detailed, all-inclusive."--Kirkus Reviews "[Shaw opens] a Pandora's box of musical memories, dispelling present ambiguities and inviting the reader to a nostalgic backward journey when life seemed less complex and more carefree."--America "I am deeply moved by Arnold Shaw's The Jazz Age."--Quincy Jones, Grammy Award winner "A unique portrayal of the 1920s."--Library Journal "As one who grew up in the 1920s, and has been reading Arnold Shaw with admiration for some twenty-odd years, I read The Jazz Age not only nostalgically, but also with gratitude to one who tells us so much, and so knowledgeably, about what lay behind the music that I and many others of our generation simply took--at the time--for granted."--Henry Pleasants "Vastly detailed, all-inclusive."--Kirkus Reviews "[Shaw opens] a Pandora's box of musical memories, dispelling present ambiguities and inviting the reader to a nostalgic backward journey when life seemed less complex and more carefree."--America "Shaw has written a series of lively chronicles of the songs, dances, musicals, operettas, records, road shows, night clubs, publishing houses, and the persons behind them....[Shaw opens] a Pandora's box of musical memories, dispelling present ambiguities and inviting the reader to a nostalgic backward journey when life seemed less complex and more carefree."--America "A lively volume."--New York City Tribune "Shaw documents [the jazz age] accurately and...in great detail."--Grammy Pulse "Shaw's history of the 1920s is first-rate in that it incorporates "Popular Music of the 1920s" as the subtitle says, [and] gives us atmosphere and quite a lot of peripheral things which went on and affected the United States during the period. This is fun reading; a joy that shouldn't be missed."--West Coast Review of Books "First-rate....A joy that shouldn't be missed."--West Coast Review of Books "For everyone with an insatiable appetite for the choice anecdote and the savory fact....There is information on nearly a thousand tunes....It reminds the reader of contemporaneous events, from prohibition and bathtub gin to 'talkies,' and relates them to the musical scene. After all, as Fitzgerald's appelation has always claimed, everything moved to the music."--Borders Review of Books

The Jazz Age
"Flappers Are We"p. 3
King Oliver, Jelly Roll, and Satchmop. 14
Bix, Austin High, and Chicago Stylep. 31
Pops and Smackp. 41
The Harlem Renaissance
Duke, Ethel, and the Harlem Scenep. 57
"The Birth of the Blues"p. 67
"Kitten on the Keys"p. 80
Shuffle Alongp. 88
Tin Pan Alley
"Dardanella"p. 95
"The Sheik of Araby"p. 111
"Three O'Clock in the Morning"p. 120
"Yes! We Have No Bananas"/"Charleston"p. 132
"Rhapsody and Romance in Blue"p. 142
"Tea for Two"p. 157
"The Black Bottom"p. 170
"Talkies" and Theme Songsp. 184
"The Singing Fool"p. 200
California Gold Rushp. 213
The Musical Theatre
The Musical Revuep. 231
The Golden Coteriep. 250
The Operetta Revivalp. 271
Song Laureate of the Roaring Twentiesp. 275
Epiloguep. 285
Notesp. 289
Bibliographyp. 303
Discographyp. 311
Variety's "Golden 100 Tin Pan Alley Songs"p. 319
Indexp. 321
Song Indexp. 339
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ISBN: 9780195060829
ISBN-10: 0195060822
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 368
Published: 1st January 1996
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.49 x 14.07  x 2.34
Weight (kg): 0.31