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Le Jazz-Hot

William A. Shack

in Harlem in Montmartre

Published by University of California Press

Published in print September 2001 | ISBN: 9780520225374
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520925694 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520225374.003.0003
Le Jazz-Hot

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France's victory in the Great War against Kaiser Wilhelm's Germany was tempered by a massive loss of lives, including its flowering youth, who felt the monstrous anger of the guns at Verdun. But in 1919 the capital was poised for gaiety, and Parisians discovered America. French citizens of all ages looked to the horizons of the Atlantic for symbols of popular culture that fantasized a world divorced from the past. Also in 1919, Harlem discovered Montmartre. Like musical missionaries, black American musicians and entertainers from Harlem and other jazz capitals in the Bronzevilles of America descended on la Butte, armed with drums, horns, music scores, and gadgets to make noise.

Keywords: France; French; America; popular culture; Harlem; black Americans; musicians; Montmartre

Chapter.  14814 words. 

Subjects: American Music

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