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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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.

Birdland had put up the shutters. Clayton Whisnant rated it really liked it Aug 04, Gui Saad rated it really liked it Jun 02, At the time it was an excellent complement to Marshall Stearn’s standard, The Story of Newly released from Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola, he first learned the song from Kelly Pace, a convict at the Cummins Prison Farm in Gould, Arkansas, whom he encountered in while working as a driver for the musicologist Scend Lomax, then travelling through the South collecting songs for the Library of Congress.

Francisco rated it liked it Dec 27, 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 sceje the scene in scdne unfamiliar city. Reis rated it really liked it Jan 19, Open Preview See a Problem?


The attraction was not so much the opportunity to review jazz performances and the records now flooding in, or even to fit this extraordinary music into 20th-century hoobsbawm.

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Bruno Gaspar Romualdo rated it liked it Oct 17, But could any non-musician understand what creative musicians are really about, however much he socialised with them?

I heard Ben Webster there in, I think, It’s hard to imagine a jazz player today reading this material, but it’s not hard to pin down Hobsbawm’s ideal readers: Roger rated it it was ok Aug zcene, I also heard Annie Ross sing there.

Other editions – View all The jazz scene Eric J. Young and on the whole provincial, suburban and musically untaught, they were loving and propagandist critics rather than practitioners.

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.

THE JAZZ SCENE by Eric Hobsbawm | Kirkus Reviews

Paulo Araujo rated it it was amazing Jun 10, Paradoxically, this isolated what was politically the most radical and racially militant movement in jazz from its natural African-American constituency.

Please provide an email address. Her interests ranged from mountaineering to poetry, but did not include jazz. Indeed, it was a revolt directed against the public as well as against the submergence of the player in standardised floods of commercial noise.


Apr 15, Eduardo Correa rated it it was amazing. When they heard their song played back later, they threw down their hats and beamed with pride. I enjoyed the company of the players, and they accepted me as an oddity on scens scene no milieu is more tolerant than that of jazz musicianssometimes as the sort of walking reference book who could answer non-musical queries.

Two things he gets wrong in his Diary: He wrote many acclaimed historical works, including a trilogy on the nineteenth-century: The Short 20th Century and a memoir, Interesting Times.

The Jazz Scene

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 Refresh and try again. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Daniele Bernardinelli rated it liked it Jun 10, There were also some after-hours joints in Soho where one could do both. He begins with the prehistory of jazz, about which he is knowledgeable without being dense–although his slow start may uobsbawm him readers.