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Swingin' the Dream By Lewis A. Erenberg

Swingin' the Dream
by Lewis A. Erenberg

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Long before organized baseball or the armed forces experienced racial integration, the big band jazz and swing culture of the depression years was breaking down barriers. This book explores the fan culture and how the music served as a bridge between white American identity and a national culture.
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Swingin' the Dream: Big Band Jazz and the Rebirth of American Culture by Lewis A. Erenberg

During the 1930s, swing bands combined jazz and popular music to create dreams for a depression generation. This book explores that world, taking a look into the musical and racial integration. Long before organized baseball or the armed forces experienced racial integration, the fan culture that surrounded these big bands had broken down many barriers that separated people from different racial backgrounds. The author aims to show how a dance subculture forged in the late 1920s and early 1930s, became a music genre that symbolized American society. The book tells the story of swing's rapid rise and the music and culture that bolstered a nation during one of its lowest periods.

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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 Notes Index

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GOR010429969
Swingin' the Dream: Big Band Jazz and the Rebirth of American Culture by Lewis A. Erenberg
Lewis A. Erenberg
Used - Very Good
Hardback
The University of Chicago Press
1998-05-15
340
0226215164
9780226215167
N/A
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