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Jazz: The American Theme Song

Jazz: The American Theme Song

by James Lincoln Collier


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Praised by the Washington Post as a "tough, unblinked critic", James Lincoln Collier is probably the most controversial writer on jazz today. With the publication of "Jazz: The American Theme Song", Collier does nothing to soften his reputation for hard-hitting, incisive commentary. Questioning everything we think we know about jazz-- its origins, its innovative geniuses, the importance of improvisation and spontaneous inspiration in a performance-- and the jazz world, these ten provocative essays on the music and its place in American culture overturn tired assumptions and will alternately enrage, enlighten, and entertain.

"Jazz: The Americna Theme Song" offers music lovers razor-sharp analysis of musical trends and styles, and fearless explorations of the most potentially explosive issues in jazz today. Collier argues, for example, that although jazz was originally devised by African Americans from black folk music, jazz has long been a part of the cultural heritage of musicians and audiences of all races and classes, and is not black music per se. Impeccably researched and informed by Collier's wide-ranging intellect. "Jazz: The American Theme Song" is an important look at jazz's past, its present, and its uncertain future. It is a book everyone who cares about the music will want to read.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780195096354
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date: 05/28/1995
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 5.32(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.64(d)

About the Author

James Lincoln Collier is the author of over fifty books. He has won a Newbery Honors Medal, a Christopher Medal, and has twice been a finalist for the National Book Award. His books on music include biographies of jazz greats Armstrong, Ellington, and Goodman, and his articles on music appear regularly in many leading publications. Collier has worked as a jazz musician around New York for many years, and has played with groups in a dozen nations around the world.

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