Publisher: University Press of Mississippi; First Edition edition (October 1, 1997)
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even though now often referred to as "America's classical music," jazz has now not continuously been accorde favorable appellations. exact notwithstanding those encomiums might be, they vague the advanced and fractious background of jazz's reception within the U. S. constructing out of the African American cultural culture, jazz has regularly been variously understood via black and white audiences. This penetrating research of America's attitudes towards jazz makes a speciality of a momentous interval in postwar background -- from the top of worldwide conflict II to the start of the Black energy flow. Exploring the varied representations of jazz and jazz musicians in literature and pop culture, it connects this asymmetric reception, and skewed use of jazz with the era's debates approximately race and racial distinction. Its shut scrutiny of literature, track feedback, movie, and tv unearths primary contrasts among black and white cultures as they regard jazz. To the detriment of options of neighborhood and background, white writers concentrate on the individualism that they understand in jazz. Black writers emphasize the points of musicianship, functionality, and improvisation. White ways to jazz are typically individualistic and ahistorical, and their depictions of musicians accessory the artist's affliction and victimization. Black texts treating comparable subject material rigidity background, communitarianism, and socio-personal adventure. This learn indicates in addition how black and white dissenters comparable to the Beats and numerous African-American writers have challenged the mainstreams's definition of this African-American source. It explores such subject matters as racial politics in bohemian Greenwich Village, the fight of identical to Charlie Parker, the cultural development of jazz functionality, and literature imitation of jazz improvisation. As a cultural background with relevance for modern discussions of race and illustration, the colour of Jazz bargains an leading edge and compelling standpoint on different, famous cultural fabrics. Jon Panish is a lecturer on the collage of California, Irvine.