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Philosophisticated Lady

So you think philosophy and literature have no place in jazz history? I'm here to convince you otherwise. In pursuit of a wider understanding of jazz's history, we'll explore and analyze jazz as seen through the eyes of several (in)famous philosophers, writers or schools of thought. Feel free to contact me with any questions or suggestions you have. Cheers!


Glamour or Gloom? Fitzgerald's Jazz Age

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Many names have been given to the 1920s: the Roaring Twenties, the Golden Twenties, Les Années Folles and, of course, the Jazz Age. It was a decade fuelled by innovation and change; a time of movement: cars were becoming the favoured means of transportation, commercial airline flights were on the rise, social dancing was energetic and popular music was “hot." Those who are familiar with the writings of the celebrated author F. Scott Fitzgerald, will know that his work is ...


According To Adorno: A Portrait Of Jazz's Harshest Critic, Part 2

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Part 1 | Part 2 Though Adorno had many points of criticism regarding the technical aspects of jazz, his contempt for the music genre was fueled by something else. Given the fact that Adorno was best known for his critical theory of society, it is far from surprising that jazz would not escape a social deciphering in his essays."Jazz is not what it 'is,'" he claims in Über Jazz; jazz is defined by the role it plays in ...


According to Adorno: A Portrait Of Jazz's Harshest Critic, Part 1

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Part 1 | Part 2 Though the vast majority of his writings on music dealt primarily with the classical tradition, Theodor Adorno (1903-1969) also devoted a considerable amount of attention to jazz. To say Adorno was skeptical of this dance music that had paddled its way across the Atlantic, would be a gross understatement at best. On top of being incredibly biased, his opinions on jazz music were so harsh, that one may wonder if they are to ...

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