Subversive Sounds: Race and the Birth of Jazz in New Orleans

Subversive Sounds: Race and the Birth of Jazz in New Orleans

by Charles B. Hersch
ISBN-10:
0226328686
ISBN-13:
2900226328682
Pub. Date:
04/15/2009
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
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Overview

Subversive Sounds: Race and the Birth of Jazz in New Orleans



Subversive Sounds probes New Orleans’s history, uncovering a web of racial interconnections and animosities that was instrumental to the creation of a vital American art form—jazz. Drawing on oral histories, police reports, newspaper accounts, and vintage recordings, Charles Hersch brings to vivid life the neighborhoods and nightspots where jazz was born.

This volume shows how musicians such as Jelly Roll Morton, Nick La Rocca, and Louis Armstrong negotiated New Orleans’s complex racial rules to pursue their craft and how, in order to widen their audiences, they became fluent in a variety of musical traditions from diverse ethnic sources. These encounters with other music and races subverted their own racial identities and changed the way they played—a musical miscegenation that, in the shadow of Jim Crow, undermined the pursuit of racial purity and indelibly transformed American culture.

 

“More than timely . . . Hersch orchestrates voices of musicians on both sides of the racial divide in underscoring how porous the music made the boundaries of race and class.”—New Orleans Times-Picayune

 

 

Product Details

ISBN-13: 2900226328682
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 04/15/2009
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments     ix
New Orleans Maps     xii
Opening Riff: Jelly Roll Morton's Stars and Stripes     1
Introduction     4
Places     15
Reaction     55
Musicians     86
Music     124
Dissemination: Morton, La Rocca, and Armstrong     165
Conclusion     203
Notes     211
Bibliography     247
Discography and Videography     271
Index     275

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