Pearl Harbor Jazz: Change in Popular Music in the Early 1940s

Pearl Harbor Jazz: Change in Popular Music in the Early 1940s

by Peter Townsend
     
 

ISBN-10: 1578069246

ISBN-13: 9781578069248

Pub. Date: 12/19/2006

Publisher: University Press of Mississippi

This book is a study of a crucial period in the life of American jazz and popular music. Pearl Harbor Jazz analyses the changes in the world of the professional musician brought about both by the outbreak of World War II and by long-term changes in the music business, in popular taste and in American society itself. It describes how the infrastructure of

Overview

This book is a study of a crucial period in the life of American jazz and popular music. Pearl Harbor Jazz analyses the changes in the world of the professional musician brought about both by the outbreak of World War II and by long-term changes in the music business, in popular taste and in American society itself. It describes how the infrastructure of American music, the interdependent fields of recording, touring, live engagements, radio and the movies, was experiencing change in the conditions of wartime, and how this impacted upon musical styles, and hence upon the later history of popular music. Successive chapters of the book examine the impact of these changed conditions upon the songwriting and music publishing industries, upon the world of the touring big bands, and upon changing conceptions of the role of jazz and popular music.

Not only the economic conditions but also ideas were changing; the book traces a movement among writers and critics which created new definitions of 'jazz' and other terms that had a permanent influence on the way musical styles were thought of for the rest of the century. The book deals in some depth with the work of a number of important artists in these various fields, including, Duke Ellington, Charlie Parker, Johnny Mercer and Frank Sinatra, looks at the growing presence of bebop, the rise of country music, and the contemporary musical scenes in such locations as New York and Los Angeles. The book combines detail of the day to day working lives of musicians with challenging views of the long-term development of musical style in jazz and popular music.

Peter Townsend lectures at Manchester Metropolitan University and in the School of Music at the University of Huddersfield, England

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781578069248
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
Publication date:
12/19/2006
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents


Acknowledgments     ix
Introduction     3
Sunday Matinee in St. Louis     11
The War     17
The Alley     42
The Road     71
Disorder at the Border     121
The Avenue     157
The Street     191
Postscript: Black, Brown, and Beige     229
Notes     235
Works Cited     239
Index     245

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