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  The Story of Jazz        History Writing
                                        Daniel Hardie

ISBN:978-1-4917-1443-0 (sc)
  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 1920’s jazz  history was written and interpreted by admiring journalists and record collectors both in the United States and elsewhere. However, since the early 1990’s 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 1940’s 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.

What is in the Book?


 Historiography and Jazz       Sources of Historical Information Time, Place and Classification
The Beginnings of Jazz History     Writing.
The Rediscovery of Early New
Orleans Jazz
Articulating the Traditional
Discordant Voices
Jazz History and  Fiction 
A Kind of Realism.
An Age of Biography

Digging up the Past—Style and  Substance
The1980’s—A Dull

Deconstruction and Revisionism 
Starting The Second Millenium
New Directions and New Studies....    
Towards a Post-modern Future for Jazz



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