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Lonesome Roads and Streets of Dreams Place, Mobility, and Race in Jazz of the 1930s and '40s

by Andrew S. Berish

Lonesome Roads and Streets of Dreams Place, Mobility, and Race in Jazz of the 1930s and '40s Synopsis

Any listener knows the power of music to define a place, but few can describe the how or why of this phenomenon. In Lonesome Roads and Streets of Dreams , Andrew S. Berish attempts to right this wrong, showcasing how American jazz defined a culture particularly preoccupied with place. By analyzing both the performances and cultural context of leading jazz figures, including the many famous venues where they played, Berish bridges two dominant scholarly approaches to the genre, offering not only a new reading of swing era jazz but an entirely new framework for musical analysis in general, one that examines how the geographical realities of daily life can be transformed into musical sound. Focusing on white bandleader Jan Garber, black bandleader Duke Ellington, white saxophonist Charlie Barnet, and black guitarist Charlie Christian, as well as traveling from Catalina Island to Manhattan to Oklahoma City, Lonesome Roads and Streets of Dreams depicts not only a geography of race but how this geography was disrupted, how these musicians crossed physical and racial boundaries - from black to white, South to North, and rural to urban - and how they found expression for these movements in the insistent music they were creating.

Lonesome Roads and Streets of Dreams Place, Mobility, and Race in Jazz of the 1930s and '40s Press Reviews

In Lonesome Roads, Andrew Berish has done scholars and fans of American music a great service. Beyond unearthing a treasure trove of information on musical and cultural life in the United States during the 1930s and '40s, Berish sheds welcome light on what the swing era's various sounds and grooves - both 'sweet' and 'hot' - meant to the people who created, listened to and danced to them. His interpretations of jazz's role in shaping experiences of space, place, and time for musicians and their audiences are simply brilliant. Clear and engaging from start to finish, this is an outstanding book. (David Ake, University of Nevada, Reno)

Book Information

ISBN: 9780226044941
Publication date: 12th June 2012
Author: Andrew S. Berish
Publisher: University of Chicago Press an imprint of The University of Chicago Press
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 312 pages
Categories: Jazz, Cultural studies,

About Andrew S. Berish

Andrew S. Berish is assistant professor in the Humanities and Cultural Studies Department at the University of South Florida.

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