Posted in South

Download Big Band Jazz in Black West Virginia, 1930-1942 by Christopher Wilkinson PDF

By Christopher Wilkinson

The coal fields of West Virginia would appear an not going marketplace for enormous band jazz through the nice melancholy. filthy rich African American viewers ruled by means of these concerned with the coal used to be there for jazz excursions would appear both inconceivable. Big Band Jazz in Black West Virginia, 1930-1942 indicates that, opposite to expectancies, black Mountaineers flocked to dances via the masses, frequently touring enormous distances to listen to bands led through count number Basie, Duke Ellington, Andy Kirk, Jimmie Lunceford, and Chick Webb, between a number of others. certainly, as one musician who toured the country may bear in mind, "All the bands have been goin' to West Virginia."

The comparative prosperity of the coal miners, because of New Deal commercial regulations, used to be what attracted the bands to the nation. This learn discusses that prosperity in addition to the bigger political atmosphere that supplied black Mountaineers with a level of autonomy now not skilled additional south. writer Christopher Wilkinson demonstrates the significance of radio and the black press either in introducing this tune and in conserving black West Virginians modern with its most up-to-date advancements. The e-book explores connections among neighborhood marketers who staged the dances and the nationwide administration of the bands that performed these engagements. In examining black audiences' aesthetic personal tastes, the writer finds that many black West Virginians hottest dancing to quite a few track, not only jazz. ultimately, the publication indicates bands now linked nearly solely with jazz have been greater than prepared to fulfill these viewers personal tastes with preparations in different types of dance music.

Show description

Read or Download Big Band Jazz in Black West Virginia, 1930-1942 PDF

Similar south books

Berea College: An Illustrated History

The motto of Berea collage is "God has made from one blood all peoples of the earth," a word underlying Berea's 150-year dedication to egalitarian schooling. the 1st interracial and coeducational undergraduate establishment within the South, Berea collage is widely known for its project to supply scholars the chance to paintings in alternate for a tuition-free caliber schooling.

Counter Culture Texas

It is a ebook of memories-the background of small-town Texas written in counter tops and chrome stools. Susie Kelly Flatau has interviewed the proprietors of many marvelous outdated eating places and bars and has woven a desirable internet of news approximately those fast-disappearing areas. Mark Dean's beautiful black-and-white photographs catch the heat and personality of those loved landmarks and are bound to convey again fond memories for somebody who has ever sat at a counter and ordered a hamburger and a chocolate soda or chilly beer.

Lee Chang-dong (Korean Film Directors)

This can be the newest in Seoul Selection's sequence on Korea's rating filmmakers. Written by way of Kim Young-jin, one in every of Korea's top-rated movie critics, the book-which contains interviews, a biography, filmography and synopses-examines the cinematic global of Lee Chang-dong, extensively hailed as one in every of Korea's best administrators, regardless of having produced in simple terms 4 movies so far.

Ghost Dancing on the Cracker Circuit: The Culture of Festivals in the American South

Each person is aware approximately neighborhood gala's that remember the great ol' days--events like Rattlesnake Roundup, Peanut Days, and Mule Day. numerous cities round the South level them. They put aside one weekend a yr, rope off a few parking, and rejoice a few neighborhood subject at the courthouse garden or in a close-by pasture, touting misplaced days of imagined glory.

Extra resources for Big Band Jazz in Black West Virginia, 1930-1942

Sample text

The force of the collision also elevated to altitudes comparable to those of the Himalayas today the sequences of rock that McPhee suggested resembled the stripes of a regimental tie, the black “stripes” being the coal. Erosion over the next 150 million years then washed away the highest elevations. Around 65 million years ago, for reasons not fully understood (though plate tectonics was apparently not involved), another uplifting of much of what is now the eastern United States began. Subsequent erosion created the terrain of West Virginia we know today (Byerly and Renton 2006, 6).

Ironically named, the New River is among the planet’s oldest, rising in North Carolina, east of the mountains that it traverses in its westward course, and cutting a deep and narrow gorge for more than a hundred miles through some of the highest ridges of the Alleghenies. Though the absence of any roads through that canyon posed significant logistical problems for both surveyors of the right-of-way and construction workers who subsequently created the roadbed and laid the rails, “the New River Gorge offered the only practical route across the mountains, since the natural fall of the river provided easy grades over the most difficult terrain” (Eller 1973, 38).

The chapter concludes with an examination of several issues embedded within the history of this musical culture. I discuss the reasons why this culture flourished in West Virginia to an extent not to be observed in states lying to its east, west, or south. This is followed by reflections on the meaning of the dances themselves as social occasions within the African American world of the Mountain State. The available evidence of white Mountaineers’ interest in the music of the black bands, and how that interest was accommodated in a state that by custom, though not by law, required the racial segregation of dances is another topic of discussion.

Download PDF sample

Rated 4.22 of 5 – based on 43 votes