Representations of Identity in Jewish Jazz Autobiography

  title={Representations of Identity in Jewish Jazz Autobiography},
  author={Reva Marin},
  journal={Canadian Review of American Studies},
  pages={323 - 353}
  • Reva Marin
  • Published 13 October 2015
  • History
  • Canadian Review of American Studies
This essay examines the multifaceted self-representations of four Jewish-American jazz musicians—Artie Shaw, Benny Goodman, Mezz Mezzrow, and Max Kaminsky—whose lives and careers brought them into intimate contact with African American music and society. The language and imagery of their autobiographies suggest that their identities are far from fixed or static; that their focus on themselves as Jews—as “other”—is complemented or replaced by a more general self-identification as white, and then… 
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