From the historian Eric Hobsbawm took the pseudonym ‘Francis Newton ‘ and wrote a monthly column for the New Statesman on jazz. Chronicles the origins and historical evolution of jazz, explores its significance as a vehicle of protest, and considers the styles of major musicians. Bibliogs. From one of England’s leading historians, a classic work on jazz history. Eric Hobsbawm has turned his keen eye and sharp wit to this uniquely American form of.

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My library Help Advanced Book Search. Luiz Daniel rated it hobsvawm was amazing May 17, There were also some after-hours joints in Soho where one could do both. Mabi Deretti rated it liked it Oct 21, Books by Eric Hobsbawm. I also heard Annie Ross sing there. Contact us for rights and issues inquiries. Apr 15, Eduardo Correa rated it it was amazing.

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Jazz as a Protest. The Jazz Scene by Eric Hobsbawm. For the best part of the next 20 years, jazz hardly existed for the young, except in the university milieu as a part of adult high culture — like classical music, only smaller. Until the great exodus of American players in the s, when the US jazz scene collapsed, hobsbwm of them lived in Europe.

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For those who are old enough to remember but whose memory is failing, Brian Innes was the leader of the Temperance Seven from to As the only academic writing on jazz, and under culturally high-class auspices, Francis Newton naturally found himself acting as tourist guide to swinging Soho for foreign intellectuals. This book sweeps the reader along from the steamy sidewalks of New Orleans to the smoke-filled clubs of New York, an odyssey that along the way discusses From one of England’s leading historians, a classic work on jazz history.


But could any non-musician understand what creative musicians are really about, however much he socialised with them? Michael rated it it was amazing May 25, But it was also a much more profound and ill-defined manifesto in favour of negro equality. It was in the Downbeat that I persuaded the drummer Allan Ganley — to his immense amusement — to dep for me in a gig for the Billy Cotton Band Show in Gui Saad rated it really liked it Jun 02, It was a good time to be writing about jazz.

I soon discovered that jazz solidarity, which went with the championing of Kafka as a first stage of the Prague Spring, was equally intense in Czechoslovakia. John Reynolds New York. Hobsbawm’s column led to his writing a critical history, He wrote many acclaimed historical works, including a trilogy on the nineteenth-century: Not only did my column allow me an occasional respite from the personal and political convulsions ofthat year of Communist crisis, but it was the first time since that American jazz musicians could be heard live in Britain.

No trivia or quizzes yet. We now know that it meant the rise of the British rock scene, the Beatles and the Rolling Stones, about to transform the American pop industry in the early s.


Joshua Disneyq rated it liked it Hkbsbawm 29, Young and on the whole provincial, suburban and musically untaught, they were loving and propagandist critics rather than practitioners.


Since outside Britain these still saw themselves as something of an underground, if no longer persecuted, musical faith, they — and especially the writers — formed a surprisingly effective international of mutual trust and help.

Reis rated it really liked it Jan 19, This enhanced edition from adds later writings by Hobsbawm in which he meditates further ‘on why jazz is not only a marvellous noise but a central concern for anyone concerned with twentieth-century society and the twentieth-century arts.

I suppose this and meeting the tragic pianist Bud Powell in his Paris hotel room, catatonic except when at the keyboard, are the most vivid memories of my jazz years. In the US this did not go as far as in Japan, where, as I was to discover hobsbawj those tiny bars, the most formal academics — and who can be more formal than a Japanese university dean?

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