New Book: Marc Meyers “Why Jazz Happened”

Why Jazz Happened (due out in December of 2012) is the first comprehensive social history of jazz. It provides an intimate and compelling look at the many forces that shaped this most American of art forms and the many influences that gave rise to jazz’s post-war styles. Rich with the voices of musicians, producers, promoters, and others on the scene during the decades following World War II, this book views jazz’s evolution the prism of technologic<em></em>al advances, social transformations, changes in the law, economic trends, and much more.

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