From the historian Eric Hobsbawm took the pseudonym ‘Francis Newton ‘ and wrote a monthly column for the New Statesman on jazz. Chronicles the origins and historical evolution of jazz, explores its significance as a vehicle of protest, and considers the styles of major musicians. Bibliogs. From one of England’s leading historians, a classic work on jazz history. Eric Hobsbawm has turned his keen eye and sharp wit to this uniquely American form of.

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Hobsbawm’s column led to his writing a critical history, Eric Hobsbawmwho died on 1 October at the age of 95, was one of the foremost historians of the 20th century. No trivia or quizzes yet.

A surprising number of these records had been made in the US for the British market, but hard-core aficionados, especially the small but missionary group of blues enthusiasts, also established their own networks for importing American discs. By this time my life was changing.

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Log In Register for Online Access. Gui Saad rated it really liked it Jun 02, From one of England’s leading sceen, a classic work on jazz history. There uazz certainly music in the Downbeat in the evenings — was it Brian Lemon at the piano? Local jazz writers did everything they could to help an unknown from London, from booking a hotel in Greenwich Village to passing him from one critic to the next for guidance to the scene in some unfamiliar city.


Daniele Bernardinelli rated it liked it Jun 10, Just a moment while we sign you in to nazz Goodreads account. Lead Belly liked the song as well, and before he quit work that day he had learned it.

Hobsnawm Hobsbawm has put it, “The Jazz Scene” is ‘one person’s reaction to sixty years’ experience of jazz. More to the point, being Francis Newton reinforced my contacts with those on whom the musicians depended, the agents, bookers and the rest of the pop music business world of which jazz formed a small corner.


There was a problem adding your email address. We now know that it meant the rise of the British rock scene, the Beatles and the Rolling Stones, about to transform the American pop industry in the early s. He begins with the prehistory of jazz, about which he is knowledgeable without being dense–although his slow start may cost him readers.

Hobsbaawm by Eric Hobsbawm.

Eric Hobsbawm, Francis Newton and all that jazz

Francisco rated it liked it Dec 27, By clicking on “Submit” you agree that you have read and agree to the Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. Want to Read saving…. I also heard Annie Ross sing there.

Bart rated it really liked it Apr 13, It was in the Downbeat that I persuaded the drummer Allan Ganley — to his immense amusement — to dep for me in hpbsbawm gig for the Billy Cotton Band Show in To ask wcene readers questions about The Jazz Sceneplease sign up. Eric Hobsbawm, a self-confessed “unrepentant communist”, was professor emeritus of economic and social history of the University of London at Birkbeck.


I enjoyed the company of the players, and they accepted me as an oddity on the scene no milieu is more tolerant than that of jazz musicianssometimes as the sort of walking reference book who could answer non-musical queries.

Hardcoverpages. He does not, however, reveal his personal feelings towards the music of Parker, Gillespie, Monk etc — that’s not the job of the great historian. Perhaps Hobsbawm’s tastiest comments are about the business side and work ethics, where his historian’s eye strips the jazz scene down to its commercial spine.

Giovani rated it it was amazing Sep 22, Rodrigo D’Alessandro rated it it was amazing Feb 20, Paradoxically, this isolated what was politically the most radical and racially militant movement in jazz from its natural African-American constituency. Until the great exodus of American players in the s, when the US jazz scene collapsed, few of them lived in Europe. Michael rated it it was amazing May 25, Mabi Deretti rated it liked it Oct 21, Contact us for rights and issues inquiries.

When they heard their song played back later, they threw down their hats and beamed with pride. Lomax recorded Pace leading a group of seven men, one of them doing an imitation whistle.

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