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The Rise of a Jazz Art World - Paul Lopes

The Rise of a Jazz Art World

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Published: 24th June 2002
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This book presents a unique sociological vision of the evolution of jazz in the twentieth century. Analysing organizational structures and competing discourses in American music, Paul Lopes shows how musicians and others transformed the meaning and practice of jazz. Set against the distinct worlds of high art and popular art in America, the rise of a jazz art world is shown to be a unique movement - a socially diverse community struggling in various ways against cultural orthodoxy. Cultural politics in America is shown to be a dynamic, open, and often contradictory process of constant re-interpretation. This work is a compelling social history of American culture that incorporates various voices in jazz, including musicians, critics, collectors, producers and enthusiasts. Accessibly written and interdisciplinary in approach, it will be of great interest to scholars and students of sociology, cultural studies, social history, American studies, African-American studies, and jazz studies.

"Lopes has written a richly informative and highly readable book that is a welcome addition to the growing number of academic studies that engage with musical styles as the lifeblood of 'scenes' -- living cultures producing a verve and commitment that remain hard to fathom for those on the 'outside.'" American Journal of Sociology

Acknowledgmentsp. vi
Introduction: The quest for cultural legitimacyp. 1
Before the Jazz Age: professional musicians and good musicp. 11
The Jazz Age: professional musicians and the cultivated vernacularp. 46
The swing craze: professional musicians, swing music, and the art of improvisationp. 96
The rise of a jazz art world: jazz enthusiasts, professional musicians, and the modernist revoltp. 157
The New Jazz Age: the jazz art world and the modern jazz renaissancep. 217
Conclusion: The jazz art world and American culturep. 269
Bibliographyp. 279
Indexp. 287
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ISBN: 9780521801911
ISBN-10: 0521801915
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 304
Published: 24th June 2002
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 2.1
Weight (kg): 0.62