By E. Taylor Atkins
Engagingly instructed throughout the voices of many musicians, Blue Nippon explores the real and legit nature of jap jazz. Atkins friends into Nineteen Twenties dancehalls to ascertain the japanese Jazz Age and demonstrate the origins of city modernism with its new set of social mores, gender family, and purchaser practices. He indicates how the interwar jazz interval then grew to become a troubling image of Japan’s intimacy with the West—but how, even throughout the Pacific battle, the roots of jazz had taken carry too deeply for the “total jazz ban” that a few nationalists wanted. whereas the allied career was once a setback within the look for an indigenous jazz sound, eastern musicians back sought American validation. Atkins closes out his cultural historical past with an exam of the modern jazz scene that rose up out of Japan’s unbelievable financial prominence within the Nineteen Sixties and Seventies yet then leveled off by way of the Nineteen Nineties, as tensions over authenticity and id persisted.
With its depiction of jazz as a reworking worldwide phenomenon, Blue Nippon will make relaxing studying not just for jazz lovers around the world but in addition for ethnomusicologists, and scholars of cultural experiences, Asian reviews, and modernism.
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