Larkin's Jazz: Essays and Reviews, 1940-1984

Larkin's Jazz: Essays and Reviews, 1940-1984

by Philip Larkin
     
 

Poet Philip Larkin's reputation as a writer on jazz has so far hinged almost exclusively on All What Jazz, which collects the 126 record-review columns he wrote for the Daily Telegraph from 1961 to 1971. However, he wrote frequently and elsewhere on jazz-for the Observer, Guardian, New Statesman and such journals as American Scholar. In bringing all these pieces

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Poet Philip Larkin's reputation as a writer on jazz has so far hinged almost exclusively on All What Jazz, which collects the 126 record-review columns he wrote for the Daily Telegraph from 1961 to 1971. However, he wrote frequently and elsewhere on jazz-for the Observer, Guardian, New Statesman and such journals as American Scholar. In bringing all these pieces together, Larkin's Jazz is not only a valuable addition to Larkin scholarship but an illuminating corrective to all those who regard him as a jazz reactionary. Larkin once wrote that "a critic is only as good as his ear;" Larkin's Jazz offers decisive evidence of just how durable and penetrating his judgments have proven to be.

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Booknews
Reprint of the 1999 hardcover edition that collects poet, novelist and jazz critic Philip Larkin's writings for various journals. The essays show that rather than being a jazz reactionary, he enjoyed later jazz more frequently than he let it be known. They also reveal his sympathy for all musicians even if he didn't like their work, and his recognition of the problems that confronts artists with regard to remuneration for work that society does not consider crucial. Contents include reviews in newspapers and periodicals; a miscellany of essays, book reports and letters; and records of the year from 1961 to 1970. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780826453464
Publisher:
Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date:
06/20/2001
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
1.11(w) x 8.52(h) x 0.64(d)

Meet the Author

Richard Palmer writes regularly for Jazz Journal International and is series editor for Eastnote, Hull University Press's new imprint of jazz studies. He is the author of a number of books on jazz.

Richard Palmer is Head of English at Bedford School, an HMC-Ofsted Inspector and a Consultant for NatWest Bank. He writes regularly for Jazz Journal International and is Series Editor for Eastnote, Hull University Press’s new imprint of jazz studies. He is the author of a number of books on jazz. John White is Reader in American History at the University of Hull. He is the author of Billie Holiday: Her Life and Times (1987), Black Leadership in America (1985, revised 1998) and Artie Shaw: Non-Stop Flight (1998).

John White is Emeritus Professor of Philosophy of Education in the Department of Educational Foundations and Policy Studies at the Institute of Education, University of London, UK.

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