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"A thought-provoking historical and sociological look at America's debate about jazz in the 1920's."--Choice.
Posted January 3, 2002
The Jazz Revolution: Twenties America and the Meaning of Jazz isn't just a great book for jazz lovers, it is also a valuable find for anyone who appreciates American History. I first noticed this author on a NPR TV show about jazz and then was doubly interested since she and I have the same, not too common last name. Kathy Ogren is a professor but she writes in a way that is not overly academic and that would be interesting to all literate music lovers. This history of jazz is also an intense look into certain cultures of that time, a time when blacks were largely ignored by most whites--or far worse. Jazz, with its close connection to American blacks, was seen by many in authority as something bad, something that could easily undermine the children of good God-fearing whites. Jazz didn't come of age easily. This is a fine read, terribly interesting.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.