On jazz, memory and history

A response to Alyn Shipton

Authors

  • Nicholas Gebhardt Lancaster University

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.1558/jazz.v4i1.7

Keywords:

Alan Lomax, Alyn Shipton, jazz history, memory, oral testimony

Abstract

This essay is a response to Alyn Shipton's essay in the previous edition of the journal. It will explore two related ideas: firstly, what the concept of memory offers the process of documenting jazz history; and secondly, the implications a theory of memory has for how jazz critics interpret that history and the documents on which they rely to verify the past.

Author Biography

Nicholas Gebhardt, Lancaster University

Nicholas Gebhardt teaches courses on popular music and improvisation in the Lancaster Institute for Contemporary Arts, Lancaster University, United Kingdom, and is a member of the HERA-funded European research project, 'Rhythm Changes: Jazz Cultures and European Identities'.

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Published

2011-11-15

How to Cite

Gebhardt, N. (2011). On jazz, memory and history: A response to Alyn Shipton. Jazz Research Journal, 4(1), 7–14. https://doi.org/10.1558/jazz.v4i1.7

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