Jazz and Totalitarianism examines jazz in a range of regimes that in significant ways may be described as totalitarian, historically covering the period from the Franco regime in Spain beginning in the 1930s to present day Iran and China. The book presents an overview of the two central terms and their development since their contemporaneous appearance in cultural and historiographical discourses in the early twentieth century, comprising fifteen essays written by specialists on particular regimes situated in a wide variety of time periods and places. Interdisciplinary in nature, this compelling work will appeal to students from Music and Jazz Studies to Political Science, Sociology, and Cultural Theory.
Bruce Johnson formerly a professor in English, is now Adjunct Professor, Communications, University of Technology Sydney, Visiting Professor, Music, University of Glasgow, and Docent and Visiting Professor, Cultural History, University of Turku.
Introduction (Bruce Johnson) Part I: Totalitarian Templates 1. Jazz and Fascism: Contradictions and Ambivalences in the Diffusion of Jazz Music under the Italian Fascist Dictatorship (1925-1935) (Marilisa Merolla) 2. Jazz in Moscow after Stalinism (Rudiger Ritter) Part II: In the Soviet Shadow 3. Four Spaces, Four Neanings: Narrating Jazz in Late Stalinist Estonia (Heli Reimann) 4. Jazz in Poland: Totalitarianism, Stalinism, Socialist Realism (Igor Pietraszewski) 5. Jazz in Czechoslovakia during the 1950s and 1960s (Wolf-Georg Zaddach) 6. Trouble with the Neighbours: Jazz, Geopolitics, and Finland's Totalitarian Shadow (Marcus O'Dair) Part III: Iberia - Spain 7. Performing the `Anti-Spanish' Body: Jazz and Biopolitics in the Early Franco Regime (1939-1957) (Ivan Iglesias) 8. `The Purest Essence of Jazz': The Appropriation of Blues in Spain during Franco's Dictatorship (Josep Pedro) Part IV: Iberia - Portugal 9. Jazz and the Portuguese Dictatorship before and after the Second World War: From Moral Panic to Suspicious Acceptance (Pedro Roxo) 10. A Kind of 'in-between': Jazz and Politics in Portugal (1958-1974) (Pedro Cravinho) Part V: Apartheid South Africa 11. A Climbing Vine through Concrete: Jazz in 1960s Apartheid South Africa (Jonathan Eato) 12. 'Fanfare for the warriors': Jazz, Education, and State Control in 1980s South Africa and After (Mark Duby) Part VI: To the East 13. From the 'Sultan' to the Persian Side: Jazz in Iran and Iranian Jazz since the 1920s (G. J. Breyley) 14. On the Marginality of Contemporary Jazz in China: The Case of Beijing (Adiel Portugali) 15. Afterword: Conclusions (Bruce Johnson)