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By E. Taylor Atkins

ISBN-10: 0822327104

ISBN-13: 9780822327103

ISBN-10: 082232721X

ISBN-13: 9780822327219

Japan’s jazz community—both musicians and audience—has been begrudgingly famous within the usa for its expertise, wisdom, and point of appreciation. Underpinning this tentative admiration, in spite of the fact that, has been a tacit contract that, for cultural purposes, eastern jazz “can’t swing.” In Blue Nippon E. Taylor Atkins exhibits how, surprisingly, Japan’s personal angle towards jazz is based in this comparable ambivalence approximately its authenticity.
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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