Ted Gioia writes on music, literature and popular culture. Author of 11 books including Music: A Subversive History, The History of Jazz, and Delta Blues.

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I'm delighted to announce the publication on March 1 of a fully revised & expanded edition of my book The History of Jazz. I'll have more details soon—but this will be the most thorough and up-to-date global guide to the genre, from Louis Armstrong to Kamasi Washington & beyond.
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The true story of Johnny Cash's outlaw career is a little different from what the song claims (passage here is from my book MUSIC).
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Pianist Igor Levit says it is “one of the most beautiful pieces I know”—but can you guess the composition? nytimes.com/2021/01/07/arts/…
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"Song Lyrics Can be Used as Court Evidence" (newspaper headline). Hmmm.
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"A typical day might include Beethoven played by Glenn Gould followed by Christopher Plummer & Zoe Caldwell in Antony & Cleopatra. Through those years Ellington frequently visited Stratford with his band & became infatuated with Shakespeare." canadianshakespeares.ca/mult…
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Below is the table of contents for the new edition of my jazz history (out in 6 weeks). Chapter 10 is the most up-to-date survey you will find on new jazz currents outside the US—the hot London scene, new sounds in South Africa, Asia/Pacific jazz, Nordic jazz, etc. etc.
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Did you tackle the new international era in Jazz? Because it is so great and mostly what I’m listening to right now, though I know little about the artists or how they developed.
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Hearing rumors that a pardon will be offered to Ken Burns for the Cecil Taylor portion of “Jazz.”
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When publishing a new edition, I go through the entire book, sentence by sentence, paragraph by paragraph—looking to enhance, update & improve. Hence, the 3rd edition of my History of Jazz will have new material throughout. But the last 2 chapters are almost entirely new.
@tedgioia I’m 173 pgs. into the 2nd Ed. of your History of Jazz and have preordered the 3rd. My question: Are the revisions all on the backend or throughout? (If the latter, I’ll wait for the 3rd to arrive and start over.)
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I once got to meet Umberto Eco—who was very memorable. But this film clip of him tracking down a book in his personal library makes him seem all the more impressive.
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Jazz is a spontaneous art form.
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I feel like this listing leaves out some pertinent information
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Not often that an academic gets accused of plagiarizing 25 different authors in a single publication. Does this get into Guinness World Records? dailynous.com/2020/11/11/phi…
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This scene between Joan Baez and Bob Dylan, from ROLLING THUNDER REVUE. ❤️
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If you could teach an entire class on one movie scene, what would it be?
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Author Ted Gioia announced that the 3rd edition of his bestselling book “The History of Jazz” will be released on March 1, 2021. Gioia’s latest work will be the most thorough and up-to-date global guide to the genre, from Louis Armstrong to Kamasi Washington & beyond! @tedgioia
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