The Social Interpretation of Modern Jazz

  title={The Social Interpretation of Modern Jazz},
  author={Alan Lewis},
  journal={The Sociological Review},
  pages={33 - 55}
  • Alan Lewis
  • Published 1 May 1986
  • Art
  • The Sociological Review
Introduction1 The history of jazz, unlike that of classical music, has always tended to be viewed in social as well as musical terms. Although its exact origins and earliest development are still unclear, jazz emerged as the folk art of a specific group of people, American Negroes, whose segregated social situation produced distinctive cultural patterns. In its popular commercialized forms of Dixieland and swing, the evolution of jazz seems obviously related to broad social changes associated… 
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