A Time For Jazz: Narrative and History in Alan Lomax’s Mister Jelly Roll

Gebhardt, Nicholas (2016) A Time For Jazz: Narrative and History in Alan Lomax’s Mister Jelly Roll. In: New Jazz Conceptions History, Theory, Practice. Routledge, London, pp. 190-203. ISBN 9781848936096

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This chapter focuses on the problem of writing jazz history through an analysis of Alan Lomax’s biography of pianist Jelly Roll Morton. It frames the problem of the origins of jazz within broader issues in historiography, especially the relation between memory and the cultural imagination. In particular, the chapter explores what it means for jazz historians to focus on the everyday or ordinary aspects of musicians’ lives and consider how such an approach might refigure our understanding of their art.

Item Type: Book Section
15 December 2016UNSPECIFIED
Subjects: CAH19 - language and area studies > CAH19-04 - languages and area studies > CAH19-04-08 - American and Australasian studies
CAH20 - historical, philosophical and religious studies > CAH20-01 - history and archaeology > CAH20-01-01 - history
CAH25 - design, and creative and performing arts > CAH25-02 - performing arts > CAH25-02-02 - music
Divisions: Faculty of Arts, Design and Media > College of English and Media
Depositing User: Nicholas Gebhardt
Date Deposited: 06 Dec 2019 07:35
Last Modified: 03 Mar 2022 15:59
URI: https://www.open-access.bcu.ac.uk/id/eprint/8546

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