Why Jazz Happened

by Marc Myers

Why Jazz Happened

Hardcover, 267 pages, University of California Press, List Price: $34.95 | purchase

Purchase Featured Book

Title
Why Jazz Happened
Author
Marc Myers

Your purchase helps support NPR Programming. How?

Book Summary

A comprehensive social history looks at the many forces that shaped this most American of art forms and the many influences that gave rise to jazz's post-war styles.

NPR stories about Why Jazz Happened

Best Music Of 2012

Staff Picks: Our Favorite Music Books Of 2012

Aficionados know that any work of jazz history worth its salt is also a work of American history. Racism, protest, demographic shifts, technological intervention, economics: It's all there, and with a better soundtrack. That's why Marc Myers' Why Jazz Happened feels important. In telling the story of musicians' union strikes, or the suburbanization of Los Angeles, or the Civil Rights Movement, the author connects the dots to major stylistic changes in the middle of the 20th century:

Patrick Jarenwattananon

Reviews From The NPR Community

 

Please keep your community civil. All comments must follow the NPR.org Community rules and Terms of Use. NPR reserves the right to use the comments we receive, in whole or in part, and to use the commenter's name and location, in any medium. See also the Terms of Use, Privacy Policy and Community FAQ.