Bebop burst onto the scene more than evolved out of it. Sundry other forms, musical and literary, also blew the minds of cultural conservatives; modernism was born, exemplified by James Joyce and Arnold Schoenberg. But, unlike literature and classical music, jazz before 1945 enjoyed no such classical standing. It was a form utterly dependent on and responsive to its audience. Suddenly, that relationship was reversed; jazz became avant-garde, newly inaccessible. DeVeaux offers the reader myriad such connections, asking questions that have large cultural repercussions in the artistic and commercial realms. What happened, for example, when the gap between composers and performers closed; who, then, would "own" the music; what was the impact of improvisation, the backbone of the form, on the recording industry?
Not written for the casual jazz fan (although certainly a highly readable chronicle of popular, midcentury culture), The Birth of Bebop combines the historian's breathtaking overview, the scholar's insistence on detail, and first-person accounts of such greats as Dizzy Gillespie and Billy Eckstine. The oral histories and in-depth analyses of jazz compositions edge bebop beyond its usual treatment; DeVeaux presents a more encompassing, more exciting argument than the more typical evolution/revolution theories. By addressing the impact of bebop on the commercial, political, and aesthetic aspects of American culture, DeVeaux reveals it in all its richness--as artistic movement, cultural ideology, and commercial breakthrough. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
I am not exaggerating when I say that this is the best music history book I have ever read. In fact it is the best history book I have read, period. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Tender Combo
Never got past the introduction. DeVeaux just keeps repeating himself, straining mightily to make a point, restating the same thing ten slightly different ways apparently to... Read morePublished on July 10, 2013 by JagSam
Highly recommended for the average punter or jazz aficiando who is looking for an understanding of the stucture of bebop, its history and characters, with numerous musical... Read morePublished on April 3, 2011 by Edward Bee