7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
The book clarifies and adds to the current BBC 2 TV programe,
By A Customer
This review is from: Jazz An Illustrated History (Paperback)
Having found the twelve part TV series on BBC 2 I found this book greatly enhances the information gained from the TV. The opening Chapters have fantastic pictures which greatly enhance the written words. Of course it only briefly discusses the various lives of the characters applicable to the beginnings of this music, but to the 'new' person wanting to learn more about the material and people who made the sounds of the last century, I would recommend that this book WILL aid such hunger for knowledge. It is written in an easy style and enables the reader to absorb the contents along with the pictures plentifully placed around the text. It contains anecdotes about the personnel it discusses as well as the history of the social and geographical times. A must for anyone who wishes to ease themselves into the history and times of American jazz music. Be warned that it does not discuss other Countries input to this music - it is "all American", but never the less a major input to the history of the times and music.