Swinging The Machine

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Countering claims that the canon of Machine Age art is primarily European, Dinerstein presents a well-referenced study of "grooveology" which credits the African American contribution to the modernity represented in jazz and big band rhythms as well as by architecture, movies, assembly lines, and trains. E.g., new technology generated worksongs sung by African American railroad workers. The book is based on postdoctoral research in humanities done while the author was at Cornell University; he'll be joining the English faculty at Tulane U. Annotation ©2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781558493834
  • Publisher: University of Massachusetts Press
  • Publication date: 4/4/2003
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 9.20 (w) x 6.10 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: Bodies and Machines 3
1 The Tempo of Life Is Out of Control ... and Then Righted 29
2 The Jazz Train and American Musical Modernity 63
3 African American Modernism and the Techno-Dialogic: From John Henry to Duke Ellington 105
4 Swinging the Machines: Big Bands and Streamliner Trains 137
5 The Standardized White Girl in the Pleasure Machine: The Ziegfeld Follies and Busby Berkeley's 1930s Musicals 182
6 Tap Dancers Rap Back at the Machine 221
7 America's National Folk Dance: The Lindy Hop 250
8 The World of Tomorrow ... in the Groove: Swinging the New York World's Fair, 1939-40 283
Conclusion: The Continuing Importance of Swinging the Machine 312
Notes 325
Index 401
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