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Swing Changes

Big-Band Jazz in New Deal America

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$45.50 • £36.95 • €41.00

ISBN 9780674858268

Publication Date: 10/01/1996


299 pages

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

20 illustrations


  • Introduction: Understanding Swing
  • 1. The Tempo of the Time
    • Song of the Jitterbug
    • New Venues, New Audiences
  • 2. Between Conjure and Kapital
    • The Big Bringdown
    • As American as Baseball and Hotdogs
    • We Are All Americans
    • Just Rich Men’s Sons
  • 3. The Incorporation of Swing
    • Anyone Can Lead a Dance Band
    • Broadcasting Swing
    • The Jukes Take Over
    • Are Colored Bands Doomed?
    • Passing in Hollywood
  • 4. The Conscription of Swing
    • Soldiers of Music
    • The Theater of Race
    • The Gender Front
  • 5. Swing and Its Discontents
    • Tension Music and Concertitis
    • Smothering the Market
    • Crewcut, Jarb, Swixibop
    • Swing Redux
  • 6. Cracks in the Coalition
    • That Modern Malice
    • Jazz Is America’s Own
  • Epilogue: Shall We Dance?
  • Notes
  • Index

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