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To London and Back (1942–1945)

Howard Pollack

in Marc Blitzstein

Published in print October 2012 | ISBN: 9780199791590
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199949625 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199791590.003.0014
                   To London and Back (1942–1945)

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This chapter discusses Blitzstein’s years stationed in London during World War II as an entertainment specialist for the Army, including the commission of the Airborne Symphony, his coaching of the Negro Army Chorus, his musical directorship of the American Broadcasting System, and his front-line collecting of French resistance songs in 1944 for the Garson Kanin-Carol Reed documentary, The True Glory. It also covers more personal aspects of his years in London, including his reaction to various films, plays, and music as well as to political events.

Keywords: Allied propaganda; Airborne Symphony; Negro Army Chorus; French resistance songs; Garson Kanin; Carol Reed; The True Glory

Chapter.  7997 words. 

Subjects: American Music ; Popular Music

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