The Chronicle of Jazz


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Mervyn Cooke


The Chronicle of Jazz tells the whole story of jazz music and its personalities, a story rich with innovation, experimentation and controversy. Beginning at the dawn of the twentieth century, the book charts the evolution of jazz from its roots in Africa and the southern United States to the many styles heard around the world today, and looks closely at how jazz has influenced, and been influenced by, other musical and artistic forms.

It features hundreds of illustrations and rare images, from record-cover artwork to pictures of live performances, and is accompanied by an accessible and wide-ranging text that turns music into words and histories into living images. Each chronologically arranged section contains special features, on topics ranging from the bossa nova craze to jazz in Paris, personality sketches and seminal gigs and albums.

This is a vibrant celebration of an imaginative and enduring music, and is a rich resource for both jazz aficionados and all music lovers.

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Weight 1532 g
Dimensions 22.7 x 28.3 cm
Publisher name Thames and Hudson Ltd
Publication date 1 September 2013
Number of pages 272
Format Hardback
Dimensions 22.7 x 28.3 cm
Weight 1532 g


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Mervyn Cooke is Professor in Music at the University of Nottingham. Among his other books are The Cambridge Companion to Jazz, The Hollywood Film Music Reader, The Cambridge Companion to Twentieth-Century Opera, Letters from a Life: The Selected Letters of Benjamin Britten, A History of Film Music and The Cambridge Companion to Benjamin Britten.