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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John Reynolds New York. The Short 20th Century and his recent au Eric Hobsbawm, a self-confessed “unrepentant communist”, was professor emeritus of economic and social history of the University of London at Birkbeck.

Bruno Gaspar Romualdo rated it liked it Oct 17, As the only academic writing on jazz, and under culturally high-class auspices, Francis Newton naturally found himself acting as tourist guide to swinging Soho for foreign intellectuals.

Stateside, jazz solidarity was of more practical help. Young and on the whole provincial, suburban and musically untaught, they were loving and propagandist critics rather than practitioners.

Books by Eric Hobsbawm. Bart rated it really liked it Apr 13, It was in the Downbeat that I persuaded the drummer Allan Ganley — to his immense amusement — to dep for me in a gig for the Billy Cotton Band Show in Rodrigo D’Alessandro rated it it was amazing Feb 20, Birdland had put up the shutters.

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My admiration for Miles Davis was based on his records, not on any live performance I heard. Rodrigo Moro rated it it was amazing Oct 12, What did it mean? 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, took little note of non-French jazz writers. Eric Hobsbawm Obituary2 October and his alter ego Francis Newton came to Oxford in the early s to address a joint meeting of the Cole Society radical historians and the University Jazz Club of which I was president at the time.


Refresh and try again. Be the first to discover new talent! From the historian Eric Hobsbawm took the pseudonym ‘Francis Newton’ and wrote a monthly column for the New Statesman on jazz – music he had loved ever since discovering it as a boy in ‘the year Adolf Hitler took power in Germany’. 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.

I don’t know how often they appeared as a “double act”, but the presentation linking history and art, political and creative freedom, was riveting. Without fail, the author shows, each new musical wave hardens into show biz.

The Jazz Scene

Lists with This Book. Trivia About The Jazz Scene. Daniele Bernardinelli rated it liked it Jun 10, He wrote many acclaimed historical works, including a trilogy on the nineteenth-century: From one of England’s leading historians, a classic work on jazz history.

Paradoxically, this isolated what was politically the most radical and racially scne movement in jazz from its natural African-American constituency. Alan Saunders Yattendon, Berkshire. There was a problem adding your email address. I also found myself a member of the global network of intellectual jazz lovers.

At the time it was an excellent complement to Marshall Stearn’s standard, The Story of Contact us for rights and issues inquiries. My library Help Advanced Book Search. 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, and the new text is often more spirited than the earlier.


Jazz and the Other Arts. Other editions – View all The jazz scene Eric J. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Years later he would add his own introduction, which Donegan copied: Hardcoverpages.

I also heard Annie Ross sing there. He begins with the prehistory of jazz, about which he is knowledgeable without being dense–although his slow start may cost him readers. The Short 20th Century and a memoir, Interesting Times. This book sweeps the reader along from the steamy sidewalks of New Orleans to the smoke-filled clubs of New York, an odyssey that along the way discusses the prehistory of jazz, its expansion, its most celebrated musicians, and their instruments.

Indeed, it was a revolt directed against the public as well as against the submergence of the player in standardised floods of commercial noise. By scne on “Submit” you agree that you have read and agree to the Hobsgawm Policy and Terms of Service. More to the point, being Francis Newton reinforced my contacts with those on whom the musicians depended, the agents, bookers and the rest of the pop music business world of which jazz formed a small corner.