By E. Taylor Atkins
Engagingly instructed in the course of the voices of many musicians, Blue Nippon explores the genuine and bonafide nature of jap jazz. Atkins friends into Nineteen Twenties dancehalls to ascertain the japanese Jazz Age and exhibit the origins of city modernism with its new set of social mores, gender kinfolk, and shopper practices. He indicates how the interwar jazz interval then turned a troubling image of Japan’s intimacy with the West—but how, even in the course of the Pacific conflict, the roots of jazz had taken carry too deeply for the “total jazz ban” that a few nationalists wanted. whereas the allied profession 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 fiscal prominence within the Nineteen Sixties and Nineteen Seventies yet then leveled off by means of the Nineteen Nineties, as tensions over authenticity and id persisted.
With its depiction of jazz as a reworking international phenomenon, Blue Nippon will make relaxing studying not just for jazz lovers all over the world but in addition for ethnomusicologists, and scholars of cultural reviews, Asian stories, and modernism.
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Blue Nippon: Authenticating Jazz in Japan by E. Taylor Atkins