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Series: Refiguring American Music
Published: 23 April 2021
DOI: 10.1215/9781478021391-139
EISBN: 978-1-4780-2139-1
... not by being purists, but by being even less pure. He had a soft side for the soft shell. ALL THAT NOT- QUITE JAZZ Gary Giddins, Visions of Jazz: The First Century, 1998 The longtime Village Voice columnist knew his core subject as far back as his 1977 obituary for category- confusing vocalist Ethel Waters...
Series: Refiguring American Music
Published: 23 April 2021
DOI: 10.1215/9781478021391-140
EISBN: 978-1-4780-2139-1
...New Voices, New Methods · 357 write music right unless you know how the man who ll play it plays poker. Giddins honored Benny Goodman without denying swing s colonial iniqui- ties, worked out Oedipal issues with Frank Sinatra, came back at Davis via his 1970s Duke tribute He Loved Him Madly...
Series: Refiguring American Music
Published: 23 April 2021
DOI: 10.1215/9781478021391-138
EISBN: 978-1-4780-2139-1
... to the con- fines of that pro cess, Peterson enjoyed how some commercial figures, like the Vagabonds, eluded them not by being purists, but by being even less pure. He had a soft side for the soft shell. ALL THAT NOT- QUITE JAZZ Gary Giddins, Visions of Jazz: The First Century, 1998 The longtime Village...
Series: Refiguring American Music
Published: 23 April 2021
DOI: 10.1215/9781478021391-035
EISBN: 978-1-4780-2139-1
... commer- cial philistines. There would be a movie version: Casablanca director Michael Curtiz, leading lady Lauren Bacall, and piano presence Hoagy Carmichael saturating the screen around Kirk Douglas, stormy but brilliant, like when he d play Van Gogh a few year later. Terribly romantic: Gary Giddins...
Series: Refiguring American Music
Published: 23 April 2021
DOI: 10.1215/9781478021391-120
EISBN: 978-1-4780-2139-1
Book Chapter

By Eric Weisbard
Series: Refiguring American Music
Published: 23 April 2021
DOI: 10.1215/9781478021391-168
EISBN: 978-1-4780-2139-1
..., Marlon. Butch Queens Up in Pumps: Gender, Per for mance, and Ballroom Culture in Detroit. University of Michigan Press, 2013. Baker, Dorothy. Young Man with a Horn. Houghton, Mifflin, 1938. Reissue with after- word by Gary Giddins, nyrb Classics, 2012. Baker, Houston. Blues, Ideology, and Afro- American...
Series: Refiguring American Music
Published: 23 April 2021
DOI: 10.1215/9781478021391-036
EISBN: 978-1-4780-2139-1
..., without ceremony, and of course broke it was Berton who could seem corny in retrospect. Still, he captured the elitist and absolute early jazz fraternity, plus, controversially, his brother Gene s sexual fling with Bix. Baker s lesbianism, inflecting de cades of married life and four novels, Giddins...
Series: Refiguring American Music
Published: 23 April 2021
DOI: 10.1215/9781478021391-096
EISBN: 978-1-4780-2139-1
... Giddins; his fellow residents of 193 2nd Ave nue Vince Aletti on soul and Tom Smucker on the intersection of music and politics in the post- Left imaginary; perhaps a Simon Frith Britbeat ; or some great writing by a figure the rest of the world wouldn t discover for de cades, like Dave Hickey on country...
Series: Refiguring American Music
Published: 23 April 2021
DOI: 10.1215/9781478021391-025
EISBN: 978-1-4780-2139-1
... more complex songwrit- ers in acclaim, gained from taste shifts that critiqued genre bound aries. In a Visions of Jazz chapter, Gary Giddins compared him to Louis Armstrong as a progenitor of modern song the agent of transition, amused that Berlin once said You know, I never did find out what...
Series: Refiguring American Music
Published: 23 April 2021
DOI: 10.1215/9781478021391-163
EISBN: 978-1-4780-2139-1
... next: exactly Ross s patient life endeavor, not unlike Gary Giddins s vision of jazz. If Robert Johnson at the crossroads was one resonant myth, a Marcus myth, Faustian pacts outlined another, the Ross myth. In the United States at least, the music to the extent that, for better or worse...
Series: Refiguring American Music
Published: 23 April 2021
DOI: 10.1215/9781478021391-164
EISBN: 978-1-4780-2139-1
... to listen for what came next: exactly Ross s patient life endeavor, not unlike Gary Giddins s vision of jazz. If Robert Johnson at the crossroads was one resonant myth, a Marcus myth, Faustian pacts outlined another, the Ross myth. In the United States at least, the music to the extent that, for better...
Series: Refiguring American Music
Published: 23 April 2021
DOI: 10.1215/9781478021391-022
EISBN: 978-1-4780-2139-1
... on Folkways, constrained to material free from any overtone of racial ste reo type, became the only full Williams album of the twentieth century. Eric Smith produced a dry, factually solid volume, Bert Williams (1992), that stressed theater over songs. Gary Giddins, looking for Visions of Jazz, made...
Series: Refiguring American Music
Published: 23 April 2021
DOI: 10.1215/9781478021391-034
EISBN: 978-1-4780-2139-1
... the development of his music, leading him to choose enter- tainment over art. Responding to Collier, Gary Giddins framed his Satchmo around sections on The Artist as Entertainer and The Entertainer as Art- ist, illuminating pop specifics to match hot solos, using the then unpublished writing to show...
Series: Refiguring American Music
Published: 23 April 2021
DOI: 10.1215/9781478021391-160
EISBN: 978-1-4780-2139-1
... Generation, 2005 Every music genre came at its all- purpose history differently. With jazz, that kicked off in latter 1930s swing and never ended: large jazz overview volumes, such as Gary Giddins s Visions of Jazz or Alyn Shipton s New History of Jazz, continued to encompass the whole tradition. Rock...
Series: Refiguring American Music
Published: 23 April 2021
DOI: 10.1215/9781478021391-159
EISBN: 978-1-4780-2139-1
.... With jazz, that kicked off in latter 1930s swing and never ended: large jazz overview volumes, such as Gary Giddins s Visions of Jazz or Alyn Shipton s New History of Jazz, continued to encompass the whole tradition. Rock and roll books accelerated with late 1960s rock and stayed coherent through grunge...
Series: Refiguring American Music
Published: 23 April 2021
DOI: 10.1215/9781478021391-049
EISBN: 978-1-4780-2139-1
... American scene stalwarts Nat Hentoff, Ralph Gleason, Whitney Balliett, John Wilson, and Dan Morganstern; and Midcentury Icons · 131 the subsequent generation s critics revising those views, with Gary Giddins acute on the final years as jazz maturity, Will Friedwald advocating the pop singing in the middle...
Book Chapter

By Eric Weisbard
Series: Refiguring American Music
Published: 23 April 2021
DOI: 10.1215/9781478021391-020
EISBN: 978-1-4780-2139-1
.... Gary Giddins, looking for Visions of Jazz, made Williams and Al Jolson into originators, each tainted and vital, though his dichotomy was too neat: While white minstrels spoke of the liberating influence of blackface, Williams expressed a loathing for its restraints. For once, cultural studies...
Book Chapter

By Eric Weisbard
Series: Refiguring American Music
Published: 23 April 2021
DOI: 10.1215/9781478021391-169
EISBN: 978-1-4780-2139-1
..., 273 George Washington Gomez (Paredes), 136, 138 Georgia Minstrels, 386 Gersh win, George, 84 85, 107 8, 199 Gibson, William, 269 71, 432 Giddins, Gary: on Armstrong, 92; on Berlin, 73; on Holiday, 131; Visions of Jazz: The First Century, 355 57, 416; on Williams, 65; on Young Man with a Horn, 94 95...
Book Chapter

By Eric Weisbard
Series: Refiguring American Music
Published: 23 April 2021
DOI: 10.1215/9781478021391-001
EISBN: 978-1-4780-2139-1
... is a delicious hot toddy of a reminder not to assume purity in either category. (Speaking of Armstrong, whose entertainer side had to be reclaimed by critics such as Gary Giddins, let me note that while jazz factors heavi ly in this book, the goal is never to explain that genre as an art form set apart, always...
Book Chapter

By Anthony Reed
Series: Refiguring American Music
Published: 01 January 2021
DOI: 10.1215/9781478012795-007
EISBN: 978-1-4780-1279-5
... (Summer- Autumn 2003): 253 60. Giddins, Gary. The Avant- Gardist Who Came in from the Cold. Riding on a Blue Note: Jazz and American Pop. 1981. New York: Da Capo, 2000. Gilroy, Paul. After the Love Has Gone : Bio- Politics and Ethno- Poetics in the Black Public Sphere. Third Text 8, nos. 28/29 (1994...