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Music and Politics in San Francisco

Leta Miller

Published by University of California Press

Published in print October 2011 | ISBN: 9780520268913
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520950092 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520268913.001.0001
Music and Politics in San Francisco

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This history immerses the reader in San Francisco's musical life during the first half of the twentieth century, showing how a fractious community overcame virulent partisanship to establish cultural monuments such as the San Francisco Symphony (1911) and Opera (1923). The book draws on primary source material and first-hand knowledge of the music to argue that a utopian vision counterbalanced partisan interests and inspired cultural endeavors, including the San Francisco Conservatory, two world fairs, and America's first municipally owned opera house. The book demonstrates that rampant racism, initially directed against Chinese laborers (and their music), reappeared during the 1930s in the guise of labor unrest as WPA music activities exploded in vicious battles between administrators and artists, and African American and white jazz musicians competed for jobs in nightclubs.

Keywords: San Francisco Symphony; San Francisco Conservatory; world fairs; racism; Chinese laborers; Chinese music; African American musicians; jazz musicians

Book.  384 pages.  Illustrated.

Subjects: American Music

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The Paris of the West in Music and Politics in San Francisco

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The Politics of Class in Music and Politics in San Francisco

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The Politics of Race in Music and Politics in San Francisco

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The Politics of Labor in Music and Politics in San Francisco

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Musical Utopias in Music and Politics in San Francisco

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Opera in Music and Politics in San Francisco

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the Politics of Work in Music and Politics in San Francisco

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Welcoming the World in Music and Politics in San Francisco

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