The Jazz Revolution: Twenties America and the Meaning of Jazz / Edition 1

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In this illuminating work, Kathy Ogren places jazz-a controversial form at its inception-in the social and cultural context of 1920s America and sheds new light on its impact on the nation. She traces its dissemination from the honky-tonk of New Orleans, New York, and Chicago, to the clubs and cabarets of such places as Kansas City and Los Angeles, and further to the airwaves.

"A thought-provoking historical and sociological look at America's debate about jazz in the 1920's."--Choice.

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As considered here, the ``meaning of jazz'' is the way jazz symbolized the economic and social changes the United States underwent in the 1920s. For blacks, jazz was a cohesive cultural force influential in the development of the Harlem Renaissance; for whites, it was a catalyst for the loosening of residual Victorian constraints. Yet many blacks and whites feared the perceived moral relaxation that accompanied the performance and appreciation of jazz. Sociological rather than musical, this study advances its thesis through the accretion of quotations from social histories, interviews, and biographies, all properly cited in several hundred endnotes. Derived from a Ph.D. thesis, it reads like one. The substantial bibliographic essay following the text succinctly surveys and evaluates the author's sources.-- William S. Brockman, Drew Univ. Lib., Madison, N.J.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195074796
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 6/28/1992
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 5.31 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

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Kathy Ogren is Assistant Professor of History at the University of Redlands.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2002

    A Great Book For Jazz Lovers

    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.

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