Download PDF by E. Taylor Atkins: Blue Nippon: Authenticating Jazz in Japan

By E. Taylor Atkins

ISBN-10: 0822327104

ISBN-13: 9780822327103

ISBN-10: 082232721X

ISBN-13: 9780822327219

Japan’s jazz community—both musicians and audience—has been begrudgingly well-known within the usa for its expertise, wisdom, and point of appreciation. Underpinning this tentative admiration, despite the fact that, has been a tacit contract that, for cultural purposes, eastern jazz “can’t swing.” In Blue Nippon E. Taylor Atkins exhibits how, unusually, Japan’s personal angle towards jazz is based in this related ambivalence approximately its authenticity.
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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