Jazz talks: representations & self-representations of African American music and its musicians from bebop to free jazz
Mazman, Alper (2010) Jazz talks: representations & self-representations of African American music and its musicians from bebop to free jazz. PhD thesis, University of Nottingham.
The main focus of this thesis is the representation of jazz music and its musicians, and the ways in which American (black and white) critics, novelists, and musicians interpret this music from the development of bebop to free jazz. My aim is to reveal the complexities of the dialogue between white and black representations of jazz, as well as among the self-representations of African American musicians. To this end, I discuss the discourses of jazz that are embedded within the broader cultural, political and ideological debates in this specific period, illustrating how the meaning of jazz is mediated through these conversations. Although jazz talks through the music itself, I argue that the representation of jazz largely depends on who talks about it.
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