The Imperfect Art: Reflections on Jazz and Modern Culture

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Oxford University Press, 1988 - Music - 152 pages
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Taking a wide-ranging approach rare in jazz criticism, Ted Gioia's brilliant volume draws upon fields as disparate as literary criticism, art history, sociology, and aesthetic philosophy in order to place jazz within the turbulent cultural environment of the twentieth century. He argues that because improvisation--the essence of jazz--must often fail under the pressure of on-the-spot creativity, we should view jazz as an "imperfect art" and base our judgments of it on an "aesthetics of imperfection."

Incorporating the thought of such seminal thinkers as Walter Benjamin, Josť Ortega y Gasset, and Roland Barthes, The Imperfect Art offers vivid portraits of the giants of jazz and startling insights into this vital musical form and the interaction of society and art.
  

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Proves that Stanford is good for something, especially when it took the West Coast 20 years to understand bebop. Seriously, Gioia show us one of e great things the US has contributed to world. Read full review

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User Review  - Thomas - Goodreads

So far it proposes that the age of "pop star" began with Louis Armstrong. An interesting idea that never occurred to me before (previous to Armstrong's fame emphasis was on the ensemble rather than the individual performer). More to come... :-) Read full review

Contents

The Imperfect
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Boredom and Jazz
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About the Author
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Credits
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Ted Gioia teaches jazz history and performance at Stanford University and has recorded an album as a jazz pianist, The End of the Open Road, available from Quartet Records.

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