NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW
Uncommon People: Resistance, Rebellion and Jazzby Eric Hobsbawm
Highlighting Eric Hobsbawm's passionate concern for the lives and struggles of ordinary men and women, Uncommon People brings back into print his classic works on labor history, working people, and social protest, pairing them with more recent, previously unpublished pieces on everything from the villainy of Roy Cohen to the genius of Count Basie, Duke/i>
Highlighting Eric Hobsbawm's passionate concern for the lives and struggles of ordinary men and women, Uncommon People brings back into print his classic works on labor history, working people, and social protest, pairing them with more recent, previously unpublished pieces on everything from the villainy of Roy Cohen to the genius of Count Basie, Duke Ellington, and Billie Holliday. Uncommon People offers both an exciting introduction for the uninitiated as well as a broad-ranging retrospective of the work of "the best-known living historian in the world" (The Times, London).
NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW
The New Press
With the morass of deep-seated cynicism and shallow scandal-mongering found throughout politics and culture today, this new collection of essays by historian Hobsbawm is particularly welcome. Many of the 26 essays in the book appeared as articles and papers that were originally published in various periodicals from the '50s through the '70s. What makes Hobsbawm's observations germane are his unique insights into a surprising range of political figures (from Tom Paine to Roy Cohn) and his ability to persuasively discuss the continuing relevance of such movements as Luddism and the France's May '68 student rebellions. He also conjures newfound respect for such widely forgotten figures as British Labour politician Harold Laski. When Hobsbawm turns his attention to music, he's equally passionate and almost as informative. A major jazz fan, he writes fervently about such legends as Sidney Bechet, Duke Ellington, Count Basie and Billie Holiday in profiles that could stand on their own alongside many of the prominent essays by full-time jazz critics. In some ways his overview of jazz after 1950 is a tad reactionary, but Hobsbawm is never one to hedge his emotions. All power to the spirit of his convictions, though-there aren't many guys like this left.
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Meet the Author
Eric Hobsbawm was born in Alexandria in 1917 and educated in Austria, Germany and England. He taught at Birkbeck College, University of London, and then at the New School for Social Research in New York. In addition to The Age of Revolution, The Age of Capital, The Age of Empire and The Age of Extremes, his books include Bandits, Revolutionaries, Uncommon People, and his memoir Interesting Times. Eric Hobsbawm died in 2012.
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