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- DescriptionJazz is one of the most influential American art forms of our times. It shapes our ideas about musical virtuosity, human action and new forms of social expression. In <i>Going for Jazz, </i> Nicholas Gebhardt shows how the study of jazz can offer profound insights into American historical consciousness. Focusing on the lives of three major saxophonists Sidney Bechet, Charlie Parker, and Ornette Coleman Gebhardt demonstrates how changing forms of state power and ideology framed and directed their work. Weaving together a range of seemingly disparate topics, from Frederick Jackson Turner's frontier thesis to the invention of bebop, from Jean Baudrillard's <i>Seduction</i> to the Cold War atomic regime, Gebhardt addresses the meaning and value of jazz in the political ecomy of American society. In <i>Going for Jazz, </i> jazz musicians assume dynamic and dramatic social positions that demand a more conspicuous place for music in our understanding of the social world.
- Author Biography<b>Nicholas Gebhardt</b> is the music director of Radio 2SER-FM in Sydney, Australia, and holds a Ph.D. in American history from the University of Sydney. He has published interviews with Wynton Marsalis, Steve Lacy, and Philip Glass, and is himself a saxophonist.
- Author(s)Nicholas Gebhardt
- PublisherThe University of Chicago Press
- Date of Publication04/09/2001
- SubjectMusic & Dance
- Place of PublicationChicago, IL
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintUniversity of Chicago Press
- Content NoteIll.
- Weight330 g
- Width152 mm
- Height228 mm
- Spine14 mm
- Edition StatementNew edition
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