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Szwed, John F. 1936-

Overview
Works: 69 works in 287 publications in 4 languages and 9,760 library holdings
Genres: Biography  Criticism, interpretation, etc  History  Jazz  Biographies  Sources  Bibliography  Interviews  Piano music (Jazz)  Music 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other, Contributor, Compiler, Speaker
Classifications: ML419.D39, B
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works about John F Szwed
 
Most widely held works by John F Szwed
So what : the life of Miles Davis by John F Szwed( Book )

15 editions published between 2002 and 2004 in English and Japanese and held by 1,266 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Based on interviews with family and friends, this account of the jazz great's life reveals the influence of Miles Davis' life on his work as well as the musician's persistent desire to re-invent himself
Black America by John F Szwed( Book )

40 editions published between 1969 and 1978 in 3 languages and held by 1,094 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The twenty-three contributors to this volume show that, despite racism, American blacks have independently developed some of their own cultural strengths. If these are correctly harnessed, they could provide important resources for the revitalization and development of the black community. The four parts of which this book is comprised are: (1) "The Movement"; (2) "Racial Exclusiveness and Denial: the Results"; (3) "Black Culture"; and, (4) "Black Action." Part I assesses the Civil Rights movement and its failures. Part ii provides new appraisals of old subjects which have undergone considerable change via the Black Revolution. Part iii proposes means of viewing the vitality of Afro-American culture, especially as it emerges from the black lower class. Part iv contains a number of polemic discussions and proposals of new strategies for black community organization and revitalization. (Editor/DM)
Afro-American anthropology; contemporary perspectives by Norman E Whitten( Book )

10 editions published in 1970 in English and held by 964 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Billie Holiday : the musician and the myth by John F Szwed( Book )

19 editions published between 2015 and 2016 in English and held by 946 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Drawing on a vast amount of new material that has surfaced in the last decade, ... jazz writer John Szwed considers how [Holiday's] life inflected her art, her influences, her uncanny voice and rhythmic genius, a number of her signature songs, and her legacy"--Amazon.com
Jazz 101 : a complete guide to learning and loving jazz by John F Szwed( Book )

7 editions published between 2000 and 2015 in English and held by 865 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Provides an explanation of the basic elements of jazz, traverses the genre's history to see how it evolved, and profiles its key figures, theories, controversies, and role in American culture
Alan Lomax : the man who recorded the world by John F Szwed( Book )

9 editions published between 2010 and 2014 in English and held by 852 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Folklorist, archivist, anthropologist, singer, political activist, talent scout, ethnomusicologist, filmmaker, concert and record producer, Alan Lomax is best remembered as the man who introduced folk music to the masses. Lomax began his career making field recordings of rural music for the Library of Congress and by the late 1930s brought his discoveries to radio, including Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger, and Burl Ives. By the 1940s he was producing concerts that brought white and black performers together, and in the 1950s he set out to record the whole world. Lomax was also controversial. When he worked for the government he was tracked by the FBI, and when he worked in Britain, MI5 continued the surveillance. In his last years he turned to digital media and developed technologies that anticipated today's breakthroughs. Featuring a cast of characters from Eleanor Roosevelt to Lead Belly, Carl Sagan to Bob Dylan, Szwed's biography provides an account of an era seen through the life of one extraordinary man.--From publisher description
Space is the place : the lives and times of Sun Ra by John F Szwed( Book )

25 editions published between 1997 and 2012 in English and Swedish and held by 586 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sun Ra - a/k/a Herman Poole "Sonny" Blount - was born in Alabama on May 22, 1914. But like Father Divine and Elijah Muhammad, he made a lifelong effort to obscure many of the facts of his early life. After years as a rehearsal pianist for nightclub revues and in blues and swing bands, including Wynonie Harris's and Fletcher Henderson's, Sun Ra set out in the 1950s to find a way to impart his views about the galaxy, black people, and spiritual matters through the various
Afro-American folk culture : an annotated bibliography of materials from North, Central, and South America, and the West Indies by John F Szwed( Book )

14 editions published between 1978 and 1990 in English and Undetermined and held by 548 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Folksongs and their makers by Henry Glassie( Book )

13 editions published between 1966 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 408 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The relationship between folklore and popular culture is to many people unclear, and it is therefore debatable. On one extreme in the debate are those theorists who think that today's folklore was yesterday's popular culture. On the other extreme are those who believe that there is little direct relationship between the two. The truth, as usual, probably lies somewhere between
Crossovers : essays on race, music, and American culture by John F Szwed( Book )

6 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 366 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Ranging across genres from the popular to the scholarly, this selection of John Szwed's published essays abides in the intersection of race and art, jazz and rap: crossovers inside and outside the academy. With reviews written for the Village Voice and articles from academic journals, this volume includes essays, commentary, and meditations."--Jacket
Jazz 101 : a complete guide to learning and loving jazz by John F Szwed( )

18 editions published between 2000 and 2012 in English and Spanish and held by 284 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Jazz 101 is a fascinating entrée into the world of jazz, for the beginner, novice, or jazz enthusiast. Szwed takes listeners on a tour of the varied and nonlinear history of jazz, exploring how it developed from an ethnic music to become America's most popular music and then part of the avant-garde in less than fifty years. Szwed's complete overview includes the major types of jazz and significant jazz musicians of the twentieth century; the roots of jazz, including its European and African influences; and recommended listening"--Container
Discovering Afro-America by Roger D Abrahams( Book )

9 editions published in 1975 in English and Undetermined and held by 183 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Private cultures and public imagery : interpersonal relations in a Newfoundland peasant society by John F Szwed( Book )

17 editions published between 1965 and 1966 in English and held by 143 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Jelly Roll Morton : the Library of Congress recordings by Jelly Roll Morton( Recording )

1 edition published in 2006 in English and held by 114 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The man who recorded the world : a biography of Alan Lomax by John F Szwed( Book )

5 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and held by 113 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Folklorist, archivist, anthropologist, singer, political activist, talent scout, ethnomusicologist, filmmaker, concert and record producer, Alan Lomax is best remembered as the man who introduced folk music to the masses. Lomax began his career making field recordings of rural music for the Library of Congress and by the late 1930s brought his discoveries to radio, including Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger, and Burl Ives. By the 1940s he was producing concerts that brought white and black performers together, and in the 1950s he set out to record the whole world. Lomax was also controversial. When he worked for the government he was tracked by the FBI, and when he worked in Britain, MI5 continued the surveillance. In his last years he turned to digital media and developed technologies that anticipated today's breakthroughs. Featuring a cast of characters from Eleanor Roosevelt to Lead Belly, Carl Sagan to Bob Dylan, Szwed's biography provides an account of an era seen through the life of one extraordinary man.--From publisher description
Billie Holiday : the musician and the myth by John F Szwed( Recording )

3 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 52 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Puslished in celebration of Holiday's centenary, the first biography to focus on the singer's extraordinary musical talent. When Billie Holiday stepped into Columbia's studios in November 1933, it marked the beginning of what is arguably the most remarkable and influential career in twentieth-centruy popular music. Her voice weathered countless shifts in public taste, and new reincarnations of her continue to arrive, most recently in the form of singers like Amy Winehouse and Adele. Most of the writing on Holiday has focused on the tragic details of her life-- her prostitution at thte age of fourteen, her heroin addiction and alcoholism, her series of abusive relationships -- or tried to correct the many fabrications of her autobiography. But now, Billie Holiday stays close to the music, to her performance style, and to the self she created and put into print, on record and on stage. Drawing on a vast amount of new material that has surfaced in the last decade, critically acclaimed jazz writer John Szwed considers how her life inflected her art, her influcences, her uncanny voice and rhythmic genius, a number of her signature songs, and her legacy
Alan Lomax : the man who recorded the world by John F Szwed( )

2 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 25 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The remarkable life and times of the man who popularized American folk music and created the science of songFolklorist, archivist, anthropologist, singer, political activist, talent scout, ethnomusicologist, filmmaker, concert and record producer, Alan Lomax is best remembered as the man who introduced folk music to the masses
Negro music : urban renewal by John F Szwed( Book )

1 edition published in 1970 in English and held by 17 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Robert Ryman( Book )

1 edition published in 2017 in English and held by 12 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This volume is a comprehensive study highlighting the interplay of context and meaning in Robert Ryman's work. Featuring new photography and original essays by a formidable array of scholars and curators, the book is the most expansive and thorough investigation of the work of American painter Robert Ryman in over two decades. Arguing that the relationships between his paintings are key to understanding his diverse output, the book offers more faithful reproductions and subtler details of the paintings than have previously been available, and attends closely to the artist's own strategies of display. Ryman's paintings are readily identified by their predominantly achromatic surfaces, but his exploration of the values and effects of white was never limited to paint. His experimentations with canvas, board, paper, aluminum, fiberglass, and Plexiglas have evolved into a material vocabulary as revolutionary as his use of white. The texts featured here reflect on the importance of Ryman's practice to contemporary art: Robert Storr, curator of Ryman's 1993 retrospective, places the painter in historical context while Courtney J. Martin, curator of his 2015-16 exhibition at Dia Chelsea, looks at Ryman's three-dimensional works. Drawings scholar Allegra Pesenti investigates his drawing practice; music historian John Szwed traces the influence of jazz in Ryman's early works; and artist Charles Gaines asks what, in a Ryman, is real"--
 
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So what : the life of Miles Davis
Alternative Names
John Szwed Professor of Music

Szwed, John.

Szwed, John 1936-

Szwed, John F.

Szwed, John Francis 1936-

Szwed, John (John F.), 1936-

스웨드, 존 1936-

스웨드, 존 F. 1936-

スウェッド, ジョン

スウェド, ジョン・F

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Black AmericaJazz 101 : a complete guide to learning and loving jazzAlan Lomax : the man who recorded the worldSpace is the place : the lives and times of Sun RaFolksongs and their makersCrossovers : essays on race, music, and American cultureJazz 101 : a complete guide to learning and loving jazzThe man who recorded the world : a biography of Alan LomaxAlan Lomax : the man who recorded the world