Eric Hobsbawm, 24 November 1994
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Oxford, 536 pp., £19.95, February 1994, 0 19 505410 5Show More
Swing Changes: Big-Band Jazz in New Deal America by David Stowe.
Harvard, 299 pp., £19.95, October 1994, 0 674 85825 5Show More
“... loyal to jazz since the Thirties, and The Duke Ellington Reader is worth its price simply for Richard Boyer’s magnificent profile of the great man (‘The Hot Bach’), which first appeared there in 1944. It is safe to say that, at that time, in no American city outside New York would nightclubs like Café Society, militantly devoted to the social ...”