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Swing Changes

Big-Band Jazz in New Deal America

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PAPERBACK

$44.00 • £35.95 • €39.50

ISBN 9780674858268

Publication Date: 10/01/1996

Short

299 pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

20 illustrations

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Bands were playing, people were dancing, the music business was booming. It was the big-band era, and swing was giving a new shape and sound to American culture. Swing Changes looks at New Deal America through its music and shows us how the contradictions and tensions within swing--over race, politics, its own cultural status, the role of women--mirrored those played out in the larger society. Drawing on memoirs, oral histories, newspapers, magazines, recordings, photographs, literature, and films, Swing Changes offers a vibrant picture of American society at a pivotal time, and a new perspective on music as a cultural force.

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