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Jazz: A History of America's Music

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The big problem with this book is that it provides, at best, a severely truncated and tendentious history of the music.  One chapter gives a cursory overview of several developments in the 1950s. The final chapter covers the remaining 40 years in a slim, almost perfunctory twenty or thirty pages. Perhaps the book should have been titled "Jazz: The First 50 Years."

Geoffrey C. Ward & Ken Burns



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