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We Called It Music : Quality Paperbacks Series - Eddie Condon

We Called It Music

Quality Paperbacks Series


Published: 1st April 1992
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Eddie Condon (1905-1973) pioneered a kind of jazz popularly known as Chicago-Dixieland, though musicians refer to it simply as Condon style. Played by small ensembles with driving beat, it was and is an informal, exciting music, slightly disjointed and often mischievous. The same could be said of Condon's autobiography, "We Called It Music, " a book widely celebrated for capturing the camaraderie of early jazz. Condon's wit was as legendary as the music he boosted. Here is Condon on modern jazz: "The boopers flat their fifths. We consume ours." On Bix Beiderbecke: "The sound came out like a girl saying yes." On the New York subway: "It was my first ride in a sewer." When his memoir was first published--to great acclaim--in 1947, he was well known as a newspaper columnist, radio personality, saloon keeper, guitarist, and bandleader. He was the ideal man to come up with an insightful portrait of the early days of white jazz, and his book offers nonpareil accounts of many of the jazz greats of that era, including Beiderbacke, Fats Waller, Jack Teagarden, Jimmy McPartland, Gene Krupa, Bessie Smith, Louis Armstrong, and Bing Crosby.These were the days when jazz was popularly associated with Paul Whiteman and Irving Berlin. Condon considered true jazz an outlaw music and himself an outlaw. He and his cohorts tried to get as close as possible to the black roots of jazz, a scandalous thing in the '20s. Along the way he facilitated one of the first integrated recording sessions."We Called It Music, " now published with an introduction by Gary Giddins that places the book in historical context, remains essential reading for anyone interested in the wild and restless beginnings of America's great musical art, or in the wit and vinegar of Eddie Condon.

A Pair of English Shoesp. 1
Narrationp. 13
Momencep. 32
Chicago Heightsp. 53
Peavey's Jazz Banditsp. 67
Young Man With Capp. 82
Narrationp. 98
Chicago--1924p. 106
Education and Bix and Bessiep. 118
35th and Calumetp. 130
Prosperityp. 137
The Three Deucesp. 149
Narrationp. 162
"The Poorest 7-Piece Orchestra on Earth"p. 167
Handful of Harlemp. 180
The Blue Blowersp. 192
A Birthday for Joep. 219
Panic and Pancreatitisp. 236
Nick's and the Revolutionp. 256
Summa Cum Laudep. 270
Town Hallp. 280
Narrationp. 294
The Chicago Bandsp. 301
Eddie Condon on Records--An Informal Discographyp. 309
Major and Minor Chordsp. 329
Indexp. 347
Table of Contents provided by Blackwell. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780306804663
ISBN-10: 0306804662
Series: Quality Paperbacks Series
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 384
Published: 1st April 1992
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 14.0  x 2.52
Weight (kg): 0.5
Edition Number: 1