Sex Mob and the Carnivalesque in Postwar Jazz

David Ake

in Jazz Matters

Published by University of California Press

Published in print October 2010 | ISBN: 9780520266889
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520947399 | DOI:
Sex Mob and the Carnivalesque in Postwar Jazz

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This chapter discusses the carnivalesque, which is one of jazz's “lower” manifestations, and is largely derived from literary theorist Mikhail Bakhtin. Bakhtin believed that the carnivalesque can help people understand or make sense of the improper outbursts in the supposedly serious setting of recent jazz, while it also reveals other meanings and practices which are common throughout the genre. The chapter focuses on several sounds and images offered by the band Sex Mob, and shows how a carnivalesque aesthetic still persists in modern times to stop the severe, elitist, or solipsistic attitudes of modern jazz.

Keywords: carnivalesque; Mikhail Bakhtin; modern jazz; Sex Mob; carnivalesque aesthetic

Chapter.  7506 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: American Music

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