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

When, needing some money, I saw that Kingsley Amis wrote in the Observer on a subject ohbsbawm which he obviously knew no more and possibly less than I did, I called a friend at the New Statesman. Since outside Britain these still saw themselves as something of an underground, if no longer persecuted, musical faith, they — and especially the writers — formed a surprisingly hobshawm international of mutual trust and help.

I was commissioned almost immediately to write a book.

Hardcoverpages. These twin themes, as it happens, will be explored specifically at hobbsawm 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. Hobsbawm’s column jaza to his writing a critical history, Perhaps Hosbawm’s tastiest comments are about the business side and work ethics, where his historian’s eye strips the jazz scene down to its commercial spine as the music moves from the countryside to the city and becomes professional.

Bruno Gaspar Romualdo rated it liked it Oct 17, My library Help Advanced Book Search. Personally, I suspect he preferred classic Duke Ellington. Please provide an email address.

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As Hobsbawm has put it, “The Jazz Scene” is ‘one person’s reaction to sixty years’ experience of jazz. Lead Belly liked the song as well, and before he quit work that day he had learned it. Joshua Disneyq rated it liked it Jun 29, It was only on my first trip to the US, where all surviving schools and artists could be heard at the same time, that I came to realise how lucky Francis Newton had been: Jazz and the Other Arts. 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.


Cristiano Panazio rated it liked it Feb 23, A surprising number of these records had been made in the US for the British market, but hard-core aficionados, especially the small but missionary group of blues enthusiasts, also established their own networks for importing American discs. Her interests ranged from mountaineering to poetry, but did not include jazz. Luiz Daniel rated it it was amazing May 17, Contact us for rights and issues inquiries.

Rodrigo Moro rated it it was amazing Oct 12, I had been on the fringes of this community of experts since the early s, thanks to my cousin Denis Preston, who eventually became a pioneering figure on the recording scene; but, until the example of Kingsley Amis gave me courage, I had been too awed to join in their debates.

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It was a good time to be writing about jazz. Reis rated it really liked it Jan 19, What did it mean? Indeed, it was a revolt directed against the public as well as against the submergence of the player in standardised floods of commercial noise.

I suppose this and meeting the tragic pianist Bud Powell in his Paris hotel room, catatonic except when at the keyboard, are the most vivid memories of my jazz years.

The Jazz Scene by Eric Hobsbawm

Natelson Souz rated it it was amazing Sep 25, Alan Saunders Yattendon, Berkshire. Roger rated it it was ok Aug 12, This book sweeps the reader along from the steamy sidewalks of New Orleans to the smoke-filled clubs of New York, an odyssey that along the way discusses From one of England’s leading historians, a classic work on jazz history. 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 Hobsbawm declared his enjoyment of this music by picking Charlie Parker’s Parker’s Mood to open his choice of Desert Island Discs in The jazz scene Eric J.


This enhanced edition from adds later writings by Hobsbawm in which he meditates further ‘on why jazz is not only a marvellous noise but a central concern for anyone concerned with twentieth-century society and the twentieth-century arts. Jaroslav Dzadik rated it liked it Mar 20, Local jazz writers did everything they could to help an unknown from London, from booking a hotel in Greenwich Village to passing him from one critic to the next for guidance to the scene in some unfamiliar city.

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 uazz illiterate amateur products into music. Eric Hobsbawm Obituary2 October and his alter ego Francis Newton came to Oxford in the early s to address a joint meeting of the Cole Society radical historians and the University Jazz Club of which I was president at the time.

Eric Hobsbawm, Francis Newton and all that jazz

Not only did my column allow me an occasional respite from the personal and political convulsions ofthat year of Communist crisis, but it was the first time since that American jazz musicians could be heard live in Britain. 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. But what did being Francis Newton mean to me?