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More important than the music : a history of jazz discography

Author: Bruce D Epperson
Publisher: Chicago ; London : University of Chicago Press, [2013] 2013
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Today, jazz is considered high art, America's national music, and the catalog of its recordings--its discography--is often taken for granted. But behind jazz discography is a fraught and highly colorful history of research, fanaticism, and the intense desire to know who played what, where, and when. This history gets its first full-length treatment in Bruce D. Epperson's More Important Than the Music. Following the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Bruce D Epperson
ISBN: 9780226067537 022606753X
OCLC Number: 842307572
Description: xvi, 284 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: The sage of Edgware --
"Those Frenchmen got a hellova nerve" --
"A form of musical bookkeeping" --
"You live in a numerical world of your own" --
"What a mess" --
Specialized discographies, part 1 --
Specialized discographies, part 2 --
What kind of discographies do we want?
Responsibility: Bruce D. Epperson.

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Today, jazz is considered high art, America's national music, and the catalog of its recordings - its discography - is often taken for granted. This book examines recorded jazz from its careless  Read more...

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