Jazz Historiography: The Story of Jazz History Writing
ISBN: 978-1-4917-1444-7 (e)
Jazz has been around over a hundred years but how much do we know about its history, and how much of what think we know is true? Beginning in the so called Jazz Age of the 1920Ős jazz history was written and interpreted by admiring journalists and record collectors both in the United States and elsewhere. However, since the early 1990Ős some historians have come to doubt the validity of the conventional narrative of the history of jazz and some of its most hallowed traditions.
A brief exposure to much of what has been written reveals deep divisions among jazz historians about the course of jazz history and even the nature of jazz itself. It is this tangled web of controversies that has formed our popular appreciation of jazz history.
Untangling this web and identifying the threads that made up its conventional history is the business of Jazz Historiography - answering questions like:
- How much did the work of jazz historians influence the course of the New Orleans Revival?
- Was the appearance of bebop in the 1940Ős a revolutionary response to oppression experienced by Afro American musicians in a commercialized popular music industry, or was it an attempt to mirror the development of classical music of the time?
- How has the development of University jazz studies influenced the writing of jazz history?
In Jazz Historiography: The Story of Jazz History Writing Daniel Hardie also describes recent moves to interpret jazz history in terms of Post-modernist linguistic and meta-historical forms of analysis dominating other fields of history writing.