Satchmo Blows up the World: Jazz Ambassadors Play the Cold War / Edition 1

Satchmo Blows up the World: Jazz Ambassadors Play the Cold War / Edition 1

by Penny M. Von Eschen
     
 

At the height of the Cold War, the U.S. State Department unleashed an unexpected tool in its battle against Communism: jazz. From 1956 through the late 1970s, America dispatched its finest jazz musicians to the far corners of the earth in order to win the hearts and minds of the Third World and to counter perceptions of American racism. Von Eschen captures the… See more details below

Overview

At the height of the Cold War, the U.S. State Department unleashed an unexpected tool in its battle against Communism: jazz. From 1956 through the late 1970s, America dispatched its finest jazz musicians to the far corners of the earth in order to win the hearts and minds of the Third World and to counter perceptions of American racism. Von Eschen captures the fascinating interplay between the efforts of the State Department and the progressive agendas of the artists themselves, as all struggled to redefine a more inclusive and integrated American nation on the world stage.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674022607
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Publication date:
09/28/2006
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
399,068
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

Penny M. Von Eschen is Professor of History and American Culture at the University of Michigan.

Table of Contents

  • 1. Ike Gets Dizzy
  • 2. Swinging into Action: Jazz to the Rescue
  • 3. The Real Ambassador
  • 4. Getting the Soviets to Swing
  • 5. Duke’s Diplomacy
  • 6. Jazz, Gospel, and R&B: Black Power Abroad
  • 7. Improvising Détente
  • 8. Playing the International Changes
  • 9. Epilogue
  • Notes
  • Acknowledgments
  • Index

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