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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Thanks for telling us about the problem. Refresh and try again. Eric Hobsbawm has turned his keen eye and sharp wit to this uniquely American form of music to give the reader a completely original point of view. Birdland had put up the shutters.

Apr 15, Eduardo Correa rated it it was amazing. Personally, I suspect he preferred classic Duke Ellington. Fora do livro, digo uma coisa interessante sobre isso aqui no Brasil: My admiration for Miles Davis was based on his records, not on any live performance I heard. Fabio Mello rated it really liked it Jun 27, Ennio Villavelha rated it it was amazing Feb 08, I also heard Annie Ross sing there.

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. A surprising number of these records had been made in the US for the British market, scrne hard-core aficionados, especially the small but missionary group of blues enthusiasts, also established their own networks jazs importing American discs.

Two things he gets wrong in his Diary: In the US this did not go as far as in Japan, where, as I was to discover in those tiny bars, the most formal academics — and who can be more formal than a Japanese university dean? Daniele Bernardinelli rated it liked it Jun 10, Podium chat backed by a snare drum’s whispering percipience. Luiz Daniel rated it it was amazing May 17, Hardcoverpages.


My hobsabwm, Marlene, claims that I proposed at a Bob Dylan concert. Intelligently written and updated study of American jazz first published in Britain 30 years ago under the pseudonym Francis Newton by Marxist social historian Hobsbawm Nations and Nationalism The jazz scene Eric J.

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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.

At the time it was an excellent complement to Marshall Stearn’s standard, The Story of They did not dance much while he sang. For those who are old enough to remember but whose memory is failing, Brian Innes was the leader of the Temperance Seven from to Jaroslav Dzadik rated it liked it Mar 20, 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.

The Short 20th Century and his recent au Eric Hobsbawm, a self-confessed “unrepentant communist”, was professor emeritus of economic and social history of the University of London at Birkbeck. Still, on the road, ohbsbawm was their permanent way of life, the Americans were used to being asked questions by white admirers, and experienced performers who relied entirely on the white circuit, notably blues singers, had a genuinely informative narrative ready.


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Eric Hobsbawm, a self-confessed “unrepentant communist”, was professor emeritus of economic and social history of the University of London at Birkbeck. For the best part of the next 20 years, jazz hardly existed for the young, except in the university milieu as hobsbawmm part of adult high culture — like classical music, only smaller.

The Jazz Scene by Eric Hobsbawm

Her interests ranged from mountaineering to poetry, but did not include jazz. Edivania Silva rated it really liked it Aug 25, Young and on the whole provincial, suburban and musically untaught, they were loving and propagandist critics rather than practitioners.

Cristiano Panazio rated it liked it Feb 23, He begins with the prehistory of jazz, about which he is knowledgeable without being dense–although his slow start hobsbaw cost him readers. Perhaps Hosbawm’s tastiest comments are about the business side and work sceje, where his historian’s eye strips the jazz scene down to its commercial spine as the music moves from the countryside to the city and becomes professional. Alan Saunders Yattendon, Berkshire. He does not, however, reveal his personal feelings towards the music of Parker, Gillespie, Monk etc — that’s not the job of the great historian.

The Short 20th Century and a memoir, Interesting Times. Without fail, scne author shows, each new musical wave hardens into show biz. My library Help Advanced Book Search.