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Going For Jazz:Musical Practices and American Ideology

Gebhardt, Nicholas (2001) Going For Jazz:Musical Practices and American Ideology. University of Chicago Press, Chicago, Ill.. ISBN 9780226284668

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Abstract

Jazz is one of the most influential American art forms of our times. It shapes our ideas about musical virtuosity, human action and new forms of social expression. In Going for Jazz, Nicholas Gebhardt shows how the study of jazz can offer profound insights into American historical consciousness. Focusing on the lives of three major saxophonists—Sidney Bechet, Charlie Parker, and Ornette Coleman—Gebhardt demonstrates how changing forms of state power and ideology framed and directed their work. Weaving together a range of seemingly disparate topics, from Frederick Jackson Turner's frontier thesis to the invention of bebop, from Jean Baudrillard's Seduction to the Cold War atomic regime, Gebhardt addresses the meaning and value of jazz in the political economy of American society. In Going for Jazz, jazz musicians assume dynamic and dramatic social positions that demand a more conspicuous place for music in our understanding of the social world.

Item Type: Book/Report/Proceedings
Uncontrolled Keywords: jazz ; American culture ; Cultural theory ; music and nationalism
Subjects: M Music and Books on Music > M Music
Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Arts
ID Code: 55472
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 28 Jun 2012 09:36
Refereed?: No
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 18 Sep 2013 16:26
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/55472

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