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  1. I am offering for sale or for trade the two massive box sets put out by Third Man Records, The Rise and Fall of Paramount Records, Vols. 1 & 2. Both are in like-new condition, with all pieces intact. See the links below for more information on each set:

    Volume 1: http://thirdmanstore.com/the-rise-and-fall-of-paramount-records-1917-1932-volume-1

    Volume 2: http://thirdmanstore.com/the-rise-and-fall-of-paramount-records-volume-2

    Both of these sets are stunning pieces of art. I highly recommend them. I'm selling both due to looming space & financial issues. 

    I'm not setting a price, but rather asking for offers. If you are interested, please PM me. I will also consider some trade offers, principally Mosaic sets and also, as I indicated in another thread, The Complete Galaxy Recordings by Art Pepper. 

    Anyway, thanks for looking. 

  2. I have the following box sets for sale. Paypal only, PM if interested. Prices include shipping to US. Will ship internationally at cost. The Veloso is still sealed, with minor shelf wear on the outer box; Montgomery and Parker are like new in terms of the discs...the Montgomery has moderate shelf wear on the outer sleeve.

    Charlie Parker -- The Complete Live Performances on Savoy $30

    Charlie Parker -- Bird: The Complete Charlie Parker on Verve (This is a Euro version of the set) $50

    Caetano Veloso -- 75-82 Quarenta Anos Caetanos $75

    Bob Dylan -- The Cutting Edge (Six-Disc Deluxe Edition) $75

  3. 4 hours ago, Big Beat Steve said:

    Ira Gitler: "Swing to Bop"

    I find this book a LOT more fascinating than Scott DeVeaux' book on the same subject matter (mainly because - much as I like the Hawk - I find his book blows up Coleman Hawkins' importance to the development of bop WAAAAYY out of all proportion - as if Hawk was the beginning and core of ANY development of modern jazz)

    As for THIS focus of yours ...
    "which has a strong focus on using music as a window into social, cultural, and political history .."

    have you tried these?

    Lewis A. Erenberg, Swingin' The Dream - Big Band Jazz and and the rebirth of American culture

    David W. Stowe - Swing Changes - Big Band Jazz in New Deal America

    I have my troubles with both of these (and a few others in that vein) as the (scholarly) authors here and there make it plain obvious beforehand they have an agenda they are out to prove and arrange their "story" to prove their point. So the reading and understanding of these books might need to be taken with a dose of background knowledge. But STIll they make for interesting and instructive reads.

    And at the other extreme (going beyond "Hear Me Talkin' To Ya"), how about getting your class to sift through fact and fiction in Mezzrow's Really The Blues or pinning down the essence of Condon's We Called It Music? ^_^







    Thanks! Yeah, I'm not yet 100 percent on Birth of Bebop. I agree that the stuff on Hawkins is out of proportion but I like the way the book is written. So I'm not sure on that one yet. I am sure on Notes and Tones and Blues People, both books that I think will provoke a lot of discussion, and I'm almost certainly going to assign the Feld book on Jazz in Accra and the Muller book on Sathima Bea Benjamin, because I want the course to be transnational and I think both of those books do a good job of illustrating those connections. I'm also thinking about Robin D.G. Kelley's book Africa Speaks, America Answers, although I think the Feld book might cover some of those themes better than Kelley does. I haven't read Erenberg or Stowe, I will definitely be checking them out. 

  4. So next semester for the first time I am teaching an upper-level undergraduate course on the History of Jazz. In a way it is an offshoot of a course I currently offer on black music more generally, which has a strong focus on using music as a window into social, cultural, and political history. To supplement lecture material, I like assigning monographs, biographies, autobiographies, or even novels that explore themes related to the course and that are intended to provoke discussion and debate. 

    I've been trying to put my course readings together and have identified some texts I want to assign, but there's a gap in material where I don't really have much on pre-1940s music. So if you guys have any suggestions on books to assign that would cover early jazz history, please leave them here. To get a sense, these are the texts I have identified as potential readings for the course so far (I won't use all of these necessarily but it's the list I'm working with right now):

    Leroi Jones -- Blues People

    Scott DeVeaux -- The Birth of Bebop

    Art Taylor -- Notes and Tones

    John Szwed -- Space is the Place

    Valerie Wilmer -- As Serious As Your Life

    Steven Feld -- Jazz Cosmopolitanism in Accra

    Carols Ann Muller -- Musical Echoes: South African Women Thinking in Jazz

    I've also considered using the George Lewis book on the AACM, but am worried it's too long and dry. I've also thought about Linda Dahl's book on Jazz Women. Thanks in advance for any suggestions you have. 

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