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Bands were playing, people were dancing, the music business was booming. It was the big-band era, and swing was giving a new shape and sound to American culture. "Swing Changes" looks at New Deal America through its music and shows us how the contradictions and tensions within swing - over race, politics, its own cultural status, the role of women - mirrored those played out in the larger society. Drawing on memoirs, oral histories, newspapers, magazines, recordings, photographs, literature and films, "Swing Changes" offers a picture of American society at a pivotal time, and a perspective on music as a cultural force.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780674858268
ISBN-10: 0674858263
Format: Paperback
(235mm x 155mm x 17mm)
Pages: 336
Imprint: Harvard University Press
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publish Date: 30-Sep-1996
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - David W. Stowe

David W. Stowe is Associate Professor of Writing, Rhetoric and American Cultures and director of American Studies at Michigan State University.

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