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Unzipped souls : a jazz journey through the Soviet Union

Author: William Minor
Publisher: Philadelphia : Temple University Press, 1995.
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Across nine thousand kilometers and six republics of the Soviet Union, William Minor embarked on a "jazz journey" to observe the development of contemporary Russian jazz, as it responded to an abundance of cultural changes. A jazz writer and musician himself, Minor sat in on private performances and went backstage at several major festivals, witnessing firsthand the artistic release and creativity of Russian
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: William Minor
ISBN: 1566393248 9781566393249
OCLC Number: 31377027
Notes: Includes index.
Description: x, 226 pages : illustrations, portraits, pls. ; 24 cm
Contents: pt. 1. Homework : Now's the time ; A man from Mars ; The breakthrough ; Predecessors ; Homegrown bureaucracy, and a citizen of Boston --
pt. 2. Moscow : A critic's apartment and the youth hotel ; First concerts, our dinner with Irene, and a man who loves the blues ; The Belle of Baku and the Bear of Bulgaria ; Two bad boys ; Man, he is the best! ; The last supper --
pt. 3. Leningrad and the republics : Peter the First stew ; The freedom monument ; The Ukraine, in joy and sorrow ; The healing waters of Tbilisi ; Leningrad shadows and the long white night.
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