Harlem Nights: The Secret History of Australia's Jazz Age
Author(s): Deirdre O'Connell
The untold story of race and power in Australia's Jazz AgeThe 1920s were a time of wonder and flux, when Australians sensed a world growing smaller, turning faster-and, for some, skittering off balance.
American movies, music and dance brought together what racial lines kept apart. A spirit of youthful rebellion collided with the promise of racial perfectibility, stirring deep anxieties in white nationalists and moral reformers. African-American jazz represented the type of modernism that cosmopolitan Australians craved-and the champions of White Australia feared.
Enter Sonny Clay's Colored Idea. Snuck in under the wire by an astute promoter, the Harlem-style revue broke from the usual blackface minstrel fare, delivering sophisticated, liberating rhythms. The story of their Australian tour is a tale of conspiracy-a secret plan to kick out and keep out 'undesirable' expressions of modernism, music and race.
From the wild jazz clubs of Prohibition-era LA to Indigenous women discovering a new world of black resistance, this anatomy of a scandal-fuelled frame-up brings into focus a vibrant cast of characters from Australia's Jazz Age.
- : 9780522877649
- : Melbourne University Publishing
- : Melbourne University Press
- : 0.622
- : October 2021
- : 2.5 Centimeters X 15.4 Centimeters X 23.3 Centimeters
- : books
- : Deirdre O'Connell
- : Paperback
- : 2111
- : 424