The Social Interpretation of Modern Jazz

@article{Lewis1986TheSI,
  title={The Social Interpretation of Modern Jazz},
  author={Alan Lewis},
  journal={The Sociological Review},
  year={1986},
  volume={34},
  pages={33 - 55}
}
  • Alan Lewis
  • Published 1 May 1986
  • Art
  • The Sociological Review
The history of jazz, unlike that of classical music, has always tended to be viewed in social as well as musical terms. Although its origins are still unclear, it emerged as the folk art of a specific group of people, American Negroes, whose segregated social situation produced distinctive cultural patterns. Then again, in its popular commercialised forms of ragtime, dixieland and swing, the evolution of jazz seems obviously related to broad social changes associated with the development of… 
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