Tuesday, September 18, 2012


"The emergence of jazz out of New Orleans is part of the American story, but the creation of this music was more than a regional phenomenon: it also crossed geographical, cultural, and technological lines. Court Carney takes a new look at the spread and acceptance of jazz in America, going beyond the familiar accounts of music historians and documentarians to show how jazz paralleled and propelled the broader changes taking place in America’s economy, society, politics, and culture. Cuttin’ Up takes readers back to the 1920s and early 1930s to describe how jazz musicians navigated the rocky racial terrain of the music business—and how new media like the phonograph, radio, and film accelerated its diffusion and contributed to variations in its styles."

CARNEY is assistant professor of history at Stephen F. Austin State University. Cuttin’ Up: How Early Jazz Got America's Ear was published this month by the University Press of Kansas, www.kansaspress.ku.edu.

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