Jazz and its Discontents

Jazz and its Discontents

by Francis Davis
     
 

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From Frank Sinatra to Sun Ra, from the jazz age to middle age, with thoughts on everything in-between, Francis Davis has been writing about American music and American culture for more than twenty years. His essays have appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, The New Yorker, and the Village Voice among countless other publications from coast to coast. And now, for the first…  See more details below

Overview

From Frank Sinatra to Sun Ra, from the jazz age to middle age, with thoughts on everything in-between, Francis Davis has been writing about American music and American culture for more than twenty years. His essays have appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, The New Yorker, and the Village Voice among countless other publications from coast to coast. And now, for the first time, here are his most important writings of his impressive career-the quintessential Davis on everything from why Rent set musicals back two decades, to what Ken Burns should have filmed. And Davis's writing is as enjoyable as the music of which he writes. The New York Times Book Review has compared Davis's work to "a well-blown solo."

Editorial Reviews

The New York Times
Davis comes up with some zesty one-liners, like his characterization of the avant-garde bandleader Sun Ra, known for his space-age garb, as ''the only jazz musician assured of a gig every Halloween.'' Davis's insights, investigations and opinions are funny, fierce and fair, and are as diverse as the music he loves. — Eugene Holley, Jr.
Midwest Book Review
As brilliantly written and presented as it is informed and informative...A welcome and recommended addition.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780306810558
Publisher:
Da Capo Press
Publication date:
03/15/2004
Series:
A Francis Davis Reader Series
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
5.96(w) x 9.24(h) x 0.92(d)

Meet the Author

Francis Davis is a contributing editor of the Atlantic Monthly and writes regularly for the New York Times and the New Yorker. He is the author of the acclaimed books Outcats and History of the Blues and a biography of John Coltrane (Knopf). He lives in Philadelphia.

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