Why Jazz Happened

Why Jazz Happened

by Marc Myers
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Why Jazz Happened by Marc Myers

Why Jazz Happened is the first comprehensive social history of jazz. It provides an intimate and compelling look at the many forces that shaped this most American of art forms and the many influences that gave rise to jazz’s post-war styles. Rich with the voices of musicians, producers, promoters, and others on the scene during the decades following World War II, this book views jazz’s evolution through the prism of technological advances, social transformations, changes in the law, economic trends, and much more.


In an absorbing narrative enlivened by the commentary of key personalities, Marc Myers describes the myriad of events and trends that affected the music's evolution, among them, the American Federation of Musicians strike in the early 1940s, changes in radio and concert-promotion, the introduction of the long-playing record, the suburbanization of Los Angeles, the Civil Rights movement, the “British invasion” and the rise of electronic instruments. This groundbreaking book deepens our appreciation of this music by identifying many of the developments outside of jazz itself that contributed most to its texture, complexity, and growth.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780520268784
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 12/10/2012
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 266
Sales rank: 661,879
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Marc Myers is a frequent contributor to the Wall Street Journal, where he writes about jazz, rock, soul, and rhythm & blues as well as art and architecture. He blogs daily at www.JazzWax.com, winner of the Jazz Journalists Association's Blog of the Year Award.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really couldn't tell you much about this book, because I haven't read it. Purchased the nook book and it's not formatted for ebook reading. Each page you try to read is the full size page of the book. It is incredably tiny and impossible to read. Adjustment to the font size have no effect. I first contacted B&N by phone and the tech I talked to confirmed that the book was not properly formatted. She blamed the publisher (naturally). She suggested I archive it and reopen in a month or two. Did that and it did not change. Contacted B&N again, by email. They sent instructions on what to do to correct it. It also didn't work. Then I contacted the publisher and they said it's B&N's problem. Don't buy this book unless it's the paper version.