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From blues to bop : a collection of jazz fiction
Albert, Richard N.
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Baton Rouge : Louisiana State University Press, [1990]

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295 pages ; 24 cm
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PS648.J33 F76 1990 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Twenty stories about jazz musicians and listeners. Some well-known writers represented in the collection include: Langston Hughes, Donald Barthelme, Eudora Welty, James Baldwin, and Jack Kerouac. The stories tell of the passionate love both audience and artist have for jazz. They also show the problems, including drug addiction and racism, suffered by the musicians of the be-bop era. Annotation(c) 2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

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These 20 stories about jazz musicians and listeners ripple with the spontaneous, energy-giving, improvisatory feel of the music itself. Memorable selections include Langston Hughes's blues-indebted exploration of jazz as an integral part of black culture; Beat chronicler John Clellon Holmes's portrayal of a bop saxophonist; Donald Barthelme's satire on every jazz artist's secret wish to be the greatest ever; and Josef Skvorecky's political parable about a swing band's fight against Aryan repression in 1940 Czechoslovakia. Among the novels excerpted are Dorothy Baker's pivotal Young Man with a Horn (1938) and Evan Hunter's Streets of Gold (1974). Some of the pieces are built around such jazz greats as Fats Waller and Charlie Parker; others deal with such themes as racial conflict, a convict's electrocution, the artist as rebel and the drug scene. A stellar jam session that will delight jazz buffs, this celebration of a distinctively American art blows red, hot and cool. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved