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Swingin' the Dream: Big Band Jazz and the Rebirth of American Culture

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During the 1930s, swing bands combined jazz and popular music to create large-scale dreams for the Depression generation, capturing the imagination of America's young people, music critics, and the music business. Swingin' the Dream explores that world, looking at the racial mixing-up and musical swinging-out that shook the nation and has kept people dancing ever since.

"Swingin' the Dream is an intelligent, provocative study of the big band era, chiefly during its golden hours in the 1930s; not merely does Lewis A. Erenberg give the music its full due, but he places it in a larger context and makes, for the most part, a plausible case for its importance."—Jonathan Yardley, Washington Post Book World

"An absorbing read for fans and an insightful view of the impact of an important homegrown art form."—Publishers Weekly

"[A] fascinating celebration of the decade or so in which American popular music basked in the sunlight of a seemingly endless high noon."—Tony Russell, Times Literary Supplement

Synopsis:

Dance into the 1930s swing bands that combined jazz and pop, creating dreams for the Depression and capturing imagination of American youth, critics, and business. 32 illustrations.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations

Preface

Acknowledgments

List of Abbreviations

Pt. 1: From Jazz to Swing, 1929-1935

1: Just One More Chance: The Fall of the Jazz Age and the Rise of Swing, 1929-1935

Pt. 2: Now they Call it Swing, 1935-1942

2: The Crowd Goes Wild: The Youth Culture of Swing

3: Swing Is Here: Benny Goodman and the Triumph of American Music

4: News from the Great Wide World: Count Basie, Duke Ellington, and Black Swing Bands

5: Swing Left: The Politics of Race and Culture in the Swing Era

6: The City of Swing: New York and the Dance Band Business in Black and White

Pt. 3: Culture Noir, 1942-1954

7: Swing Goes to War: Glenn Miller and the Popular Music of World War II

8: The War in Jazz

9: Coda and Conclusion: Red Scares and Head Scares

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Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780226215174
Author:
Erenberg, Lewis A.
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Subject:
General
Subject:
Popular Culture
Subject:
Jazz
Subject:
Genres & Styles - Jazz
Subject:
Music - Jazz
Edition Description:
1
Publication Date:
19991031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
32 halftones
Pages:
344
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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