A New History of Jazz: Revised and Updated Edition 2nd Edition

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"The most outstanding single-volume history of jazz around."

—Don Rose, Jazz Institute of Chicago



"No jazz writer, scholar, teacher, musician, or fan should be without it on his or her desk. Yes, it really is that good." - W. Royal Stokes, Jazz Notes



"Shipton has taken on the big on here and come up trumps...More trustworthy and less sentimental than many similar efforts...it achieves something approaching an essential text." — Mojo



"A marvelously balanced yet passionate history of a protean cultural form. Not only is the book encyclopedic in the breadth of its coverage, but it has a thesis — or, more accurately, a set of interlocking theses — about how the music has developed." — History Today



"Shipton's done his homework, and he knows how to tell a story." — Blender



"When it comes to jazz, comparatively few attempts have been made to write a general history that fulfills these requirements...The most ambitious of them, Alyn Shipton's A New History of Jazz...reissued in an expanded and extensively revised edition. At over 800 closely packed pages, this is the most detailed historical survey of jazz yet to be published.
(Alyn Shipton) has done more than any previous commentator to cut through the thick underbrush of unsubstantiated opinion and provide a clearly written, factually trustworthy account of jazz's complex and controversial history."
Commentary Magazine Online, April 2007
(Terry Teachout)

"Shipton's is a no-nonsense account that picks apart the co-existing, intermingling strands of perhaps the most complex genre of all." Jason Draper, Record Collector, 01/09/07
"essential to understanding a much misunderstood culture, music and art form." Jason Draper, Record Collector, 01/09/07
(Jason Draper)

"This remains the standard-bearer for jazz histories, a valuable read for any fan." -Downbeat Magazine


"A New History of Jazz enlightens as few other jazz histories can... Shipton, a veteran writer and BBC broadcaster, is a natural storyteller with good academic instincts... He sheds fresh light on the music's origins"
Forrest Bryant, Downbeat, November 2007
(Forrest Bryant)

"Shipton... has done more than any prvious commentator to cut through the thick underbrush of unsubstantiated opinion and provide a clearly written, factually trustworthy account of jazz's complex and controversial history"
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Title mention in Radio Student Ljubljana 89, 2009


"The book is probably as lucid and balanced a history of jazz as I've seen. Shipton understands the entirety of jazz and can capably write about the jazz of the 21st century as well as that which occurred a hundred years earlier.

The writing is lively enough that I was moved on several occasions to listen to what Shipton was writing about, which is for me the mark of good jazz writing...This is as fair and even-handed a history of jazz as you're likely to find."
-Paige VanVorst, Jazz Beat Magazine, Vol. 20, 2008


“The most outstanding single-volume history of jazz around.”

—Don Rose, Jazz Institute of Chicago



“No jazz writer, scholar, teacher, musician, or fan should be without it on his or her desk. Yes, it really is that good.” - W. Royal Stokes, Jazz Notes



“Shipton has taken on the big on here and come up trumps…More trustworthy and less sentimental than many similar efforts…it achieves something approaching an essential text.” — Mojo



“A marvelously balanced yet passionate history of a protean cultural form. Not only is the book encyclopedic in the breadth of its coverage, but it has a thesis – or, more accurately, a set of interlocking theses – about how the music has developed.” — History Today



“Shipton’s done his homework, and he knows how to tell a story.” — Blender



"When it comes to jazz, comparatively few attempts have been made to write a general history that fulfills these requirements...The most ambitious of them, Alyn Shipton's A New History of Jazz...reissued in an expanded and extensively revised edition. At over 800 closely packed pages, this is the most detailed historical survey of jazz yet to be published.
(Alyn Shipton) has done more than any previous commentator to cut through the thick underbrush of unsubstantiated opinion and provide a clearly written, factually trustworthy account of jazz's complex and controversial history."
Commentary Magazine Online, April 2007
(Sanford Lakoff)

"Shipton's is a no-nonsense account that picks apart the co-existing, intermingling strands of perhaps the most complex genre of all." Jason Draper, Record Collector, 01/09/07
"essential to understanding a much misunderstood culture, music and art form." Jason Draper, Record Collector, 01/09/07
(Sanford Lakoff)

"A New History of Jazz enlightens as few other jazz histories can... Shipton, a veteran writer and BBC broadcaster, is a natural storyteller with good academic instincts... He sheds fresh light on the music's origins"
Forrest Bryant, Downbeat, November 2007
(Sanford Lakoff)

About the Author

Alyn Shipton presents jazz radio programs for the BBC and is a critic for The Times in London. He is the author of several books on music, as well as a music publisher and editor. He divides his time between Oxford and the French countryside. In 2010, he was voted UK Jazz Broadcaster of the Year.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 816 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic; 2 edition (May 15, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0826429726
  • ISBN-13: 978-0826429728
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1.7 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #853,266 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A New History of Jazz" by Alyn Shipton is one of those rare jazz histories that you just can't put down until you finish it.It is "a comprehensive and entertaining account while challenging many of the assumptions and mythologies that have surrounded jazz since its birth."

It goes from the music of the plantations to post-modern jazz in 725 pages of hard- covered magnificence. Highly recommended.
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By Daniel Sanches on April 4, 2014
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As the cover says, the new standard bearer for any text on the history of jazz. This will be something I'll be reading and rereading for years to come.
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By L. Thibault on July 2, 2013
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My husband is researching for a jazz history class and found this book to be excellent particularly the early sections on the origins of jazz.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Laurence M. Yorgason on June 4, 2008
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This is an important contribution to worldwide historical jazz analysis. The author considers the traditional perspectives and evaluates them from a position of greater depth and recent scholarship together with very helpful documentation. His conclusions taken must be taken seriously.
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