‘All Rock and Rhythm and Jazz’: Rock ‘n’ Roll Origin Stories and Race in Australia

@article{Stratton2007AllRA,
  title={‘All Rock and Rhythm and Jazz’: Rock ‘n’ Roll Origin Stories and Race in Australia},
  author={J. Stratton},
  journal={Continuum},
  year={2007},
  volume={21},
  pages={379 - 392}
}
Where did rock ‘n’ roll come from? The Australian narrative was, and to some extent still is, that rock ‘n’ roll was the debased progeny of jazz, as was rhythm and blues to the extent that Australians made a generic distinction. This answer suggests two further questions. First, how do Australians think about jazz? Second, what were the conditions that enabled jazz to occupy such a central position in Australian popular music that the next major, popular music form could be narrativized as… Expand

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