From the historian Eric Hobsbawm took the pseudonym ‘Francis Newton ‘ and wrote a monthly column for the New Statesman on jazz. Chronicles the origins and historical evolution of jazz, explores its significance as a vehicle of protest, and considers the styles of major musicians. Bibliogs. From one of England’s leading historians, a classic work on jazz history. Eric Hobsbawm has turned his keen eye and sharp wit to this uniquely American form of.

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When they heard their song played back later, they threw down their hats and beamed with pride.

Eric Hobsbawm, Francis Newton and all that jazz

As the Miles Davis and Modern Jazz Quartet scores for Nouvelle Vague movies showed in the s, French intellectuals were expected to be unusually hip about modern jazz but, as usual, iazz little scend of non-French jazz writers. What did it mean? Birdland had put up the shutters. I lived on the edge of the West End, and teaching at Birkbeck left most of the day free, so it was possible to combine my profession with the nocturnal and late-rising habits of the scene.

Written by noted historian Hobsbawm early in his career, this book was originally published in Britain in Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

Sign up here to receive sscene FREE alerts. Francisco rated it liked it Dec 27, Jazz as a Protest. As Hobsbawm has put it, “The Jazz Scene” is ‘one person’s reaction to sixty years’ experience of jazz.


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I suppose this and meeting the tragic pianist Bud Powell in his Paris hotel room, catatonic except when at the keyboard, are the most hobxbawm memories of my jazz years. It was a good time to be writing about jazz. Tiago Faustino rated it really liked it Aug 01, By this time my life was changing. Paradoxically, this isolated what was politically the most radical and racially militant movement in jazz from its natural African-American constituency.

It was the chance to understand hobabawm musicians and their world: Bart rated it really liked jzz Apr 13, I had been on the fringes of this community of experts since the early s, thanks to my cousin Denis Preston, who eventually became a pioneering figure on the recording scene; but, until the example of Kingsley Amis gave me courage, I had been too awed to join in their debates.

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Jwzzpages. Intelligently written and updated study of American jazz first published in Britain 30 years ago under the pseudonym Francis Newton by Marxist social historian Hobsbawm Nations and Nationalism Ennio Villavelha rated it it was amazing Feb 08, He goes on to discuss the influences, the key players and the political aspects in some detail; with all the thoroughness one would expect of Hobsbawm.

Joshua Disneyq rated it liked it Jun 29, Edivania Silva rated it really liked it Aug 25, The author exposes his likes and dislikes in his liveliest passages, and 30 years ago foresaw the spiritual ossification of Miles Davis, long before the musician buried his talent in fusion jazz. Jqzz hard to imagine a jazz player today reading this material, but it’s not hard to pin down Hobsbawm’s ideal readers: But what did being Francis Newton mean to me?


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Gui Saad rated it really liked it Jun 02, Though Hobsbawm has not changed his basic text in this first American edition–a history of jazz and then discursions on the jazz scene in the early 60’s–he has added much new material, scwne the new text is often more spirited than the earlier. Local jazz writers did everything they could to help an unknown from London, from booking a hotel in Greenwich Village to passing him from one critic to the next for guidance to the scene in some unfamiliar city.

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Mabi Deretti rated it liked it Oct 21, Return to Book Page. Paulo Araujo rated it it was amazing Jun 10, Want to Read saving…. Be the first to discover new talent!

Young and on the whole provincial, suburban and musically untaught, hobsnawm were loving and propagandist critics rather than practitioners. Reis rated it really liked it Jan 19,