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Music on the frontline : Nicolas Nabokov's struggle against communism and middlebrow culture

Author: Ian Wellens
Publisher: Aldershot, Hants, England ; Burlington, VT : Ashgate, 2002.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The story of Nicolas Nabokov's involvement with the CIA-funded Congress for Cultural Freedom (CCF) is a story of the politics and sociology of culture: how music was used for political ends and how intellectual groups formed and functioned during the Cold War. The seemingly independent CCF, established to counteract Soviet successes in the fields of arts and intellectual life, appointed Nabokov (a Russian emigre
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Genre/Form: History
Named Person: Nicolas Nabokov; Nicolas Nabokov; Nicolas Nabokov; Nicolas Nabokov; Nicolas Nabokov
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Ian Wellens
ISBN: 075460635X 9780754606352
OCLC Number: 48084219
Description: xiii, 151 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: Great Books and Wise Men: Nabokov's Road to the 1950 Berlin Congress --
Waking the Twilight Sleepers I: On Soviet Music and Shostakovich --
Waking the Twilight Sleepers II: On Provincialism and Prokofiev --
'A Very Popular Fiasco': The 1952 Festival in Paris --
Filling the Gap: The CCF as Surrogate Ministry of Culture --
Paris/New York: Congress Divided --
One End Against the Middle: Intellectuals Behind the High Culture Stockade --
Authority and Exclusion: The Cold War and 'Difficult' Music.
Responsibility: Ian Wellens.
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