Swing Changes: Big-Band Jazz in New Deal America / Edition 1

Swing Changes: Big-Band Jazz in New Deal America / Edition 1

by David W. Stowe
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Swing Changes: Big-Band Jazz in New Deal America / Edition 1

Bands were playing, people were dancing, the music business was booming. It was the big-band era, and swing was giving a new shape and sound to American culture. Swing Changes looks at New Deal America through its music and shows us how the contradictions and tensions within swing--over race, politics, its own cultural status, the role of women--mirrored those played out in the larger society. Drawing on memoirs, oral histories, newspapers, magazines, recordings, photographs, literature, and films, Swing Changes offers a vibrant picture of American society at a pivotal time, and a new perspective on music as a cultural force.

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ISBN-13: 9780674858268
Publisher: Harvard
Publication date: 10/01/1996
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: Understanding Swing

1. The Tempo of the Time

Song of the Jitterbug

New Venues, New Audiences

2. Between Conjure and Kapital

The Big Bringdown

As American as Baseball and Hotdogs

We Are All Americans

Just Rich Men's Sons

3. The Incorporation of Swing

Anyone Can Lead a Dance Band

Broadcasting Swing

The Jukes Take Over

Are Colored Bands Doomed?

Passing in Hollywood

4. The Conscription of Swing

Soldiers of Music

The Theater of Race

The Gender Front

5. Swing and Its Discontents

Tension Music and Concertitis

Smothering the Market

Crewcut, Jarb, Swixibop

Swing Redux

6. Cracks in the Coalition

That Modern Malice

Jazz Is America's Own Epilogue: Shall We Dance?



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