The Murder of Jazz
ISBN10: 0306809257 ISBN13: 9780306809255 Publisher: Perseus Book Group Published: Jan 13 2000 Pages: 262 Weight: 0.85lbs. Height: 9.00" Width: 6.00" Depth: 0.75" Language: English
Once a thriving body of innovative and fluid music, jazz is now the victim of destructive professional and artistic forces, says Eric Nisenson. Corruption by marketers, appropriation by the mainstream, superficial media portrayal, and sheer lack of skill have all contributed to the demise of this venerable art form. Nisenson persuasively describes how the entire jazz "industry" is controlled by a select cadre with a choke hold on the most vital components of the music. As the listening culture has changed, have spontaneity and improvisation been sacrificed? You can agree or disagree with Nisenson's thesis and arguments, but as Booklist says, "his passion is engrossing."