After Django: Making Jazz in Postwar France (Jazz by Tom Perchard

By Tom Perchard

How did French musicians and critics interpret jazz—that quintessentially American music—in the mid-twentieth century? How some distance did avid gamers reshape what they discovered from documents and viewers into extra neighborhood jazz types, and the way did the track determine in these indignant debates that so frequently suffused French cultural and political life? After Django begins with the recognized interwar triumphs of Josephine Baker and Django Reinhardt, yet, for the 1st time, the point of interest right here falls at the French jazz practices of the postwar period. The paintings of vital yet ignored French musicians reminiscent of André Hodeir and Barney Wilen is tested extensive, as are local responses to american citizens similar to Miles Davis and Thelonious Monk. The ebook offers an unique intertwining of musical and historic narrative, supported by way of wide archival paintings; in transparent and compelling prose, Perchard describes the not easy efforts in the direction of aesthetic assimilation and transformation made via these eager about jazz actually and in concept, hearing the song because it sounded in discourses round neighborhood identification, artwork, 1968 radicalism, social democracy, and put up colonial politics.

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