Going for Jazz: Musical Practices and American Ideology by Nicholas Gebhardt
Going for Jazz: Musical Practices and American Ideology
Author: Nicholas Gebhardt
Title: Going for Jazz: Musical Practices and American Ideology
ISBN10: 0226284670
ISBN13: 978-0226284675
Format: .PDF .EPUB .FB2
Publisher: University Of Chicago Press (July 15, 2001)
Language: English
Size pdf: 1833 kb
Size epub: 1301 kb
Rating: 4.3 ✪
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Category: Arts & Photography
Subcategory: Music
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.