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Paris Blues: African American Music and French Popular Culture, 1920-1960

Andy Fry


France has long been credited with welcoming African Americans and their music: into its venues, into its compositions, into its writing. Yet the reception of jazz is much more complicated than that narrative suggests, embedded in ongoing debates about race, nation and culture. Paris Blues provides an alternative history, one that looks beyond a few familiar personalities and well-rehearsed stories. It does not dismiss these images, from Josephine Baker in her banana skirt to Django Reinhardt in his caravan. But it asks how they came to be so iconic, and what they hide as well as what they pre ... More

Keywords: African-American music, jazz, Josephine Baker, Django Reinhardt, black musical theatre, swing, jazz history and historiography, race, Sidney Bechet

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Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780226138787
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2015 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226138954.001.0001


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Andy Fry, author

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