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Did Academia Kill Jazz?

By Adam Gustafson/The Conversation

Jazz seems to be experiencing a bit of a renaissance among movie directors - look no further than documentaries such as Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool, which just premiered at the Sundance Film Festival; biopics such as Born to Be Blue; and recent Oscar winners like Whiplash.

While films about jazz are everywhere, evidence suggests that fewer people are actually consuming the music, putting the genre more on par with classical music than with today's pop artists.

There are a host of reasons for the decline of jazz as a popular music, but the one that interests me as a music historian is the role that academics has played.

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Posted on February 10, 2019

Alt-Country Corner

A Musical Soul Food Library

By Don Jacobson
Boinng! My music dork-o-meter just buried the needle!
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Posted on March 1, 2010
Chicago In Song

Chicago In Song: Hobo Hub

By Don Jacobson
If you go by popular song lyrics, there is no one in Chicago who is not a drunken, miserable wreck.
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Posted on February 1, 2010


From "Concerns of a GOP Neo-phyte" to "Space Age Love Song."
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Posted on August 16, 2018
Bin Dive

Dave Dudley: Lonelyville

By Don Jacobson
Where the Nashville Sound met a broken heart and Tom T. Hall.
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Posted on January 20, 2010

Did Academia Kill Jazz?

By Adam Gustafson/The Conversation
It has become brussels sprouts for budding music aficionados: You know it's good for you, but it doesn't necessarily taste all that great.

Posted on February 10, 2019

The Mekons: Deserted

By Bloodshot Records
"We went to the desert to have our brains scoured. We went from one desert to another - a more hopeful place where we arm ourselves with spikes and endure."

Posted on January 30, 2019

Strange '90s: A Benefit For JBTV's Jerry Bryant

Featuring Naked Raygun, Andrew W.K., Local H And More!
Proceeds to Jerry's cancer treatment fund.

Posted on January 25, 2019

RCA Drops R. Kelly

By Care2
Long past time.

Posted on January 21, 2019

Old Town School Teachers Win Union Election

By Arise Chicago
Will join Illinois Federation of Teachers.

Posted on January 18, 2019

After Premiere Of Surviving R. Kelly Docuseries, Nearly 75,000 Renew Call For Sony And Live Nation To #MuteRKelly

By Jordan Wilhelmi/Unbendable Media
"It's time our society stops his cycle of abuse."

Posted on January 8, 2019

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