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The forgotten history of the andldquo;all-girlandrdquo; big bands of the World War II era takes center stage in Sherrie Tuckerandrsquo;s Swing Shift. American demand for swing skyrocketed with the onslaught of war as millionsandmdash;isolated from loved onesandmdash;sought diversion, comfort, and social contact through music and dance. Although all-female jazz and dance bands had existed since the 1920s, now hundreds of such groups, both African American and white, barnstormed ballrooms, theaters, dance halls, military installations, and makeshift USO stages on the home front and abroad.

and#9;Filled with firsthand accounts of more than a hundred women who performed during this era and complemented by thoroughandmdash;and eye-openingandmdash;archival research, Swing Shift not only offers a history of this significant aspect of American society and culture but also examines how and why whole bands of dedicated and talented women musicians were dropped fromandmdash;or never inducted intoandmdash;our national memory. Tuckerandrsquo;s nuanced presentation reveals who these remarkable women were, where and when they began to play music, and how they navigated a sometimes wild and bumpy roadandmdash;including their experiences with gas and rubber rationing, travel restrictions designed to prioritize transportation for military needs, and Jim Crow laws and other prejudices. She explains how the expanded opportunities brought by the war, along with sudden increased publicity, created the illusion that all female musiciansandmdash;no matter how experienced or talentedandmdash;were andldquo;Swing Shift Maisies,andrdquo; 1940s slang for the substitutes for the andldquo;realandrdquo; workers (or musicians) who were away in combat. Comparing the working conditions and public representations of women musicians with figures such as Rosie the Riveter, WACs, USO hostesses, pin-ups, and movie stars, Tucker chronicles the careers of such bands as the International Sweethearts of Rhythm, Phil Spitalnyandrsquo;s Hours of Charm, The Darlings of Rhythm, and the Sharon Rogers All-Girl Band.

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The story, based on extensive individual interviews, of the womenandrsquo;s swing bands that toured extensively during World War II and after — a kind of andldquo;League of their Ownandrdquo; for jazz.

Synopsis:

The forgotten history of the "all-girl" big bands of the World War II era takes center stage in Sherrie Tucker's Swing Shift. American demand for swing skyrocketed with the onslaught of war as millions — isolated from loved ones — sought diversion, comfort, and social contact through music and dance. Although all-female jazz and dance bands had existed since the 1920s, now hundreds of such groups, both African American and white, barnstormed ballrooms, theaters, dance halls, military installations, and makeshift USO stages on the home front and abroad.<P>Filled with firsthand accounts of more than a hundred women who performed during this era and complemented by thorough — and eye-opening — archival research, Swing Shift not only offers a history of this significant aspect of American society and culture but also examines how and why whole bands of dedicated and talented women musicians were dropped from — or never inducted into — our national memory.

About the Author

Sherrie Tucker is Assistant Professor of Womenandrsquo;s Studies at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. A longtime jazz fan, she has conducted oral histories for the Smithsonian Jazz Oral History Program, writes a column called andldquo;Jazzwomen Jamandrdquo; for Jazz Now Magazine, and was formerly a jazz radio announcer in San Francisco.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780822328179
Author:
Tucker, Sherrie
Publisher:
Duke University Press
Author:
Tucker
Location:
Durham
Subject:
Jazz
Subject:
Musical Instruments - General
Subject:
Women jazz musicians
Subject:
Genres & Styles - Jazz
Subject:
History & Criticism - General
Subject:
Jazz -- 1941-1950 -- History and criticism.
Subject:
Women jazz musicians -- United States.
Subject:
Music-Folk Instruments
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series Volume:
14
Publication Date:
20010531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
45 bandw photographs
Pages:
424
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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The story, based on extensive individual interviews, of the womenandrsquo;s swing bands that toured extensively during World War II and after — a kind of andldquo;League of their Ownandrdquo; for jazz.
"Synopsis" by , The forgotten history of the "all-girl" big bands of the World War II era takes center stage in Sherrie Tucker's Swing Shift. American demand for swing skyrocketed with the onslaught of war as millions — isolated from loved ones — sought diversion, comfort, and social contact through music and dance. Although all-female jazz and dance bands had existed since the 1920s, now hundreds of such groups, both African American and white, barnstormed ballrooms, theaters, dance halls, military installations, and makeshift USO stages on the home front and abroad.<P>Filled with firsthand accounts of more than a hundred women who performed during this era and complemented by thorough — and eye-opening — archival research, Swing Shift not only offers a history of this significant aspect of American society and culture but also examines how and why whole bands of dedicated and talented women musicians were dropped from — or never inducted into — our national memory.
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