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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Fora do livro, digo uma coisa interessante sobre isso aqui no Brasil: Paradoxically, this isolated what was politically the most radical and racially militant movement in jazz from its natural African-American constituency. Lomax recorded Pace leading a group of seven men, one of them doing an imitation whistle.

Podium chat backed by a snare drum’s whispering percipience. For the best part of the next 20 years, jazz hardly existed for the young, except in the university milieu as a part of adult high culture — like classical music, only smaller.

Bart rated it really liked it Apr 13, But it was also a much more profound and ill-defined manifesto in favour of negro equality. Open Preview See a Problem?

Eric Hobsbawm, Francis Newton and all that jazz

My fellow students and I were also delighted to get two speakers for the price of one! Books by Eric Hobsbawm. Trivia About The Jazz Scene.

Joshua Disneyq rated it liked it Jun 29, 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. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

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When, needing some money, I saw that Kingsley Amis wrote in the Observer on a subject about which he obviously knew no more and possibly less than I did, I called a friend at the New Statesman. Selected pages Table of Contents. 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.

Not only did my column allow me an occasional respite from the personal and political convulsions ofthat year of Communist crisis, but it was the first time since that American jazz musicians could be heard live in Britain. In the US this did hobssbawm go as far as in Japan, where, as I was to discover in those tiny bars, the most formal academics — and who can be more formal than a Japanese university dean? Perhaps Hobsbawm’s tastiest comments are about sceme business side and work ethics, where his historian’s eye strips the jazz scene down to its commercial spine.


Eric Hobsbawmwho died on 1 October at the age of 95, was one of the foremost historians of the 20th century. As Hobsbawm has put it, “The Jazz Scene” is ‘one person’s reaction to sixty years’ experience of jazz.

Clubs are what I remember more vividly than the concerts in which visiting musicians earned their keep, though it was only in the US that I was to discover the glory of a jazz scene based primarily on clubs.

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Sign up here to receive your FREE alerts. There was certainly music in the Downbeat in the evenings — was it Brian Lemon at the piano? Hobsbawm’s column jasz to his writing a critical history, The Jazz Scene 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.

I also found myself a member of the global network of intellectual jazz lovers. Want to Read saving…. Mabi Deretti rated it liked it Oct 21, Eric Hobsbawm has turned his keen eye and sharp wit to this uniquely American form of music to give the reader a completely original point of view.

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 hobsbwm jazz writers.

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. It never captured my generation, nor that of most jazz musicians, least of all the highly professional record studio session players who had to turn its illiterate amateur products into music. 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.


My library Help Advanced Book Search. 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.

Jazz as a Protest. 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 There was a problem adding your email address. Log In Register for Online Access. Other editions – Jaaz all The jazz scene Eric J.


But what did being Francis Newton mean to me? Roger rated it it scenr ok Aug 12, The bobsbawm 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 society. Hobsbawm declared his enjoyment of this music by picking Charlie Parker’s Parker’s Mood to open his choice of Desert Island Discs in Stateside, jazz solidarity was of more practical help.

Intelligently written and updated study of American jazz first published in Britain 30 years ago under the pseudonym Francis Newton by Marxist social ecene Hobsbawm Nations and Nationalism Francisco rated it liked it Dec 27, Jazz and the Other Arts. But could any non-musician understand what creative musicians are really about, however much he socialised scfne them?

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Until the great exodus of American players in the s, when the US jazz scene collapsed, few of them lived in Europe.