The Rise of a Jazz Art World / Edition 1

The Rise of a Jazz Art World / Edition 1

by Paul Lopes
     
 

This book presents a unique sociological vision of the evolution of jazz in the twentieth century. Analyzing 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… See more details below

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This book presents a unique sociological vision of the evolution of jazz in the twentieth century. Analyzing 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 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.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521000390
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
08/28/2011
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.67(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction: The quest for cultural legitimacy1
1Before the Jazz Age: professional musicians and good music11
2The Jazz Age: professional musicians and the cultivated vernacular46
3The swing craze: professional musicians, swing music, and the art of improvisation96
4The rise of a jazz art world: jazz enthusiasts, professional musicians, and the modernist revolt157
5The New Jazz Age: the jazz art world and the modern jazz renaissance217
Conclusion: The jazz art world and American culture269
Bibliography279
Index287

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