03 November 2008

From the Research Files: A New MTBE Feature

Source: New Republic, 1 October 1966
Conditions of Discovery: Paged by it while working as a research assistant on a well-funded book project. My assignment was to "go through all the major press from 1943-1980 and print out relevant material." Ah, to be well-funded.
Filed Under: An extremely wide-scope folder labeled "Race and Cold War--Primary Docs"

4 comments:

tc said...

that's awesome (as in it inspires both fear and wonder), when are you coming to town??

rootlesscosmo said...

A "book gap!" Who knew?

See also Penny Eschen, "Satchmo Blows up the World" on State Department-sponsored jazz tours.

Buster said...

tc, soon, soon. I was knocked out by the flu and plans got delayed. Well, that on top of me running behind already. But I gotta get up there before I go to India (Thanksgiving). I'll keep you informed.

rootless, I gotta say that I wasn't such a huge fan of that von Eschen book (in contrast to her first book Race Against Empire on the Council on African Affairs). My main problem was that she didn't seem to have any feel for the music, the musicians or the audiences, but rather, like the State Department, put them all in the service of her project. Which was disappointing, since the subject at hand had, I think, more possibilities than just those that she covered. For someone else, maybe?

rootlesscosmo said...

I didn't read her first book and--I can now admit--got stuck about midway through the Satchmo one; I hadn't put my finger on her musical insensitivity as the reason, but maybe that was it, or the by-the-cubic-yard prose style, not actually bad writing but seriously style-deprived. Still, it's useful to have that particular Cold War chapter organized in one place, I think; while it was going on, I just heedlessly acquired the "Dizzy in Greece" Verve LP and dismissed the State Department bafflegab without examining the connections. (That was a remarkable big band, Benny Golson playing tenor, Clifford Brown in the trumpet section, arrangements by Golson and Ernie Wilkins... I heard them in New York, I think at Town Hall. Very exciting music, and Gillespie's deadpan jokes--"Thank you... and now we'd like to play Duke Ellington's immoral [sic] 'Caravan'..."--were fun.)