Eclectic Curiosity

Posted on October 2nd, 2002, by Steve Hardy in Archives, Uncategorized. No Comments

Here’s an article where the writing style is as amusing as the topic is interesting. Written in 1922 (yup, 80 years ago) in The Atlantic, Jazz: A Musical Discussion looks at the new form of music and argues that there might actually be some merit in it.

Without speculating what the future development of jazz may be, what ultimate contribution to musical styles it may make, there is an excuse for believing that long after the dance known as jazz will happily have vanished, investigators in the field of musical history will have occasion to search for the inception of these peculiar tunes, to seek for traces of contemporary opinion on their merit or their faults. I frankly think that it would set us down a rather jaundiced lot, if those investigators were to discover no sign of unbiased appraisement, nothing but wholesale ranting against a laxity of morals which was inveterate before the frenzied beaters of pots and kitchen kettles became entitled to full membership in the Musical Union.

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