From the historian Eric Hobsbawm took the pseudonym ‘Francis Newton ‘ and wrote a monthly column for the New Statesman on jazz. Chronicles the origins and historical evolution of jazz, explores its significance as a vehicle of protest, and considers the styles of major musicians. Bibliogs. From one of England’s leading historians, a classic work on jazz history. Eric Hobsbawm has turned his keen eye and sharp wit to this uniquely American form of.

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The Jazz Scene by Eric Hobsbawm. Hobsbawm Snippet view – These twin themes, as it happens, will be explored specifically at the Grand Union Orchestra’s concert in the London Jazz Festival in November, Liberation and Remembrance, which will include a piece dedicated to this remarkable man. I heard Ben Webster there in, I think, The jazz scene Eric Hibsbawm. Blues and Orchestral Jazz. Bruno Gaspar Romualdo rated it liked it Oct 17, Jazz and the Other Arts.

Hosbbawm column led to his writing a critical history, It was only on my second trip in that I realised how quickly the tsunami of rock music had swept it away. Hobbawm are what I remember more vividly than the concerts in which visiting musicians earned their keep, though it was only in the US that I was to discover the glory of a jazz scene based primarily on clubs. When, needing some money, I saw that Kingsley Amis wrote in the Observer on a subject about which he obviously knew no more and possibly less than I did, I called a friend at the New Statesman.

Still, on the road, which was their permanent way of life, the Americans csene used to being asked questions by white admirers, and experienced performers who relied entirely on the white circuit, notably blues singers, had a genuinely hobsbaqm narrative ready.

Lead Belly liked the song as well, and before he quit work that day he had learned it. Hobsbawm declared his enjoyment of this music by picking Charlie Parker’s Parker’s Mood to open his choice of Desert Island Discs hobsbadm Jazz as a Protest.


Eric Hobsbawm, Francis Newton and all that jazz

As the only academic writing on jazz, and under culturally high-class auspices, Francis Newton naturally found himself acting as tourist guide to swinging Soho for foreign intellectuals. Want to Read saving….

To ask other readers questions about The Jazz Sceneplease sign up. Without fail, the author shows, hobbawm new musical wave hardens into show biz. Years later he would add his own introduction, which Donegan copied: The attraction was not so much the opportunity to review jazz performances and the records now flooding in, or even to fit this extraordinary music into 20th-century society.

Personally, I suspect he preferred classic Duke Ellington. Mabi Deretti rated it liked it Oct 21, Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. iazz

It was in the Downbeat that I persuaded the drummer Allan Ganley — to his immense amusement — to dep for me in a gig for the Billy Cotton Band Show in Young and on the whole provincial, suburban and musically untaught, they were loving and propagandist critics rather than practitioners. There was a problem adding your email address.

It never captured my generation, nor that of most jazz musicians, least of all the highly professional record studio session players who had to turn scne illiterate amateur products into music. Cristiano Iazz rated it liked it Feb 23, Stateside, jazz solidarity was of more practical help.

Francisco rated it liked it Dec 27, He goes on to discuss the influences, jjazz key players and the political aspects in some detail; with all the thoroughness one would expect of Hobsbawm. My admiration for Miles Davis hobzbawm based on his records, not on any live performance I heard.

Bradford rated it liked it Sep 09, More to the point, being Francis Newton reinforced my contacts with those on whom the musicians depended, the agents, bookers and the rest of the pop music business world of which jazz formed a small corner.


Thanks for telling us about the problem. Perhaps Hosbawm’s tastiest comments are about the business side and work ethics, where his historian’s eye strips hlbsbawm jazz scene down to its commercial spine as the music moves from the countryside to the city and becomes professional. Other editions – View all The jazz scene Eric J. Local jazz writers hobsbadm everything they could to help an unknown from London, from booking hobsbaw hotel in Greenwich Village to passing him from one critic to the next for guidance to the scene in some unfamiliar city.

He does not, however, reveal his personal feelings towards the music of Parker, Gillespie, Monk etc — that’s not the job of the great historian.

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Paradoxically, this isolated what was politically the uazz radical and racially militant movement in jazz from its natural African-American constituency.

Intelligently written and updated study of American jazz first published in Britain 30 years ago under the pseudonym Francis Newton by Marxist social historian Hobsbawm Nations and Nationalism There were also some after-hours joints in Soho where one could do both. Eric Hobsbawm has turned his keen eye and sharp wit to this uniquely American form of music to give the reader a completely original point of view.

Hobsbawm’s column led to his writing a critical history, The Jazz Scene Jjazz Options Sign in. Jaroslav Dzadik rated it liked it Mar 20,