Dig: Sound and Music in Hip Culture by Phil Ford (2013)

While collecting symptoms of a possible breakdown of society, proof of which can easily be found by simply watching reality TV and Fox News, Phil Ford tries to unveil a whole group of savants who Continue reading

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Music in the Works of F. Scott Fitzgerald… by Anthony J. Berret (2013)

The similarities in the plots of many 1920s Broadway shows and Fitzgerald’s short fiction of the time gives way to Anthony Berret’s main thesis of the book at hand: music (jazz, ragtime, musicals and show tunes) played an important role in the works of this great American author. Continue reading

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BERLIN: Mississippi Blues & Barbecue, July 26 and 27, Kulturbrauerei Kesselhaus

For the last thirteen years the Mississippi Blues Night has had a reputation as part of the Köpenick Jazz and Blues Festival; a show mostly designed for the fans of Old Time Jazz since 1995 that easily filled the yard of the Köpenick Rathaus. This year, however, Continue reading

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American Allegory: Lindy Hop And The Racial Imagination by Black Hawk Hancock (2013)

As you may have realized the Lindy Hop, that unique American social dance originating in the late 1920s US when jazz became the soundtrack of America, is back; that is, it is back again, Continue reading

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Hiatus is over….

Hi all,
Dear visitors and friends of jive-talk.com!

After a rather long hiatus due to some other things I had to take care of, as well as a somewhat unsatisfactory plan for site redesign, jive-talk.com now is back. Continue reading

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Sounding Real: Musicality and American Fiction… by Cristina L. Ruotolo (2013)

For those familiar with the work of author Ruotolo, this book comes with little surprise. Her article on James Weldon Johnson in 2000 already headed in this direction and was remarkable Continue reading

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Obituary. Author Albert Murray dies at age 97

One of the most influential American writers on blues and jazz culture, Albert Murray (*12 May 1916) of Alabama, died on August 18 in his Harlem home. He is survived by his wife Mozelle and their daughter Michele.

He was a close friend of author Ralph Ellison, who wrote Continue reading

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Hip Hop’s Amnesia by Reiland Rabaka (2012)

Considering the many aspects of hip hop music, Reiland Rabaka’s approach to the social, musical and most of all the political past of the style(s) is quite an enterprise. Even more so, if we consider Continue reading

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Jazz. New York in the Roaring Twenties by Robert Nippoldt, Hans-Juergen Schaal (2013)

This fine cooperation of writer Hans-Juergen Schaal and illustrator Robert Nippoldt is devoted to the beginnings of Jazz in the city, with emphasis on New Orleans, Chicago and as the title already Continue reading

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Big Band Jazz in Black West Virginia, 1930-1942 by Christopher Wilkinson (2012)

Whenever the state of West Virginia is mentioned in an article on music, chances are good that the state is associated with certain forms of ‘white’ music such Continue reading

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