Going for Jazz
Musical Practices and American Ideology
Weaving together a range of seemingly disparate topics, from Frederick Jackson Turner's frontier thesis to the invention of bebop, from Jean Baudrillard's Seduction to the Cold War atomic regime, Gebhardt addresses the meaning and value of jazz in the political economy of American society. In Going for Jazz, jazz musicians assume dynamic and dramatic social positions that demand a more conspicuous place for music in our understanding of the social world.
Introduction: "But Play You Must"
1. Sidney Bechet: The Virtuosity of Construction
2. Charlie Parker: The Virtuosity of Speed
3. Ornette Coleman: The Virtuosity of Illusion
Epilogue: "A Tune beyond Ourselves"