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Setting the record straight on “Technological Rationality”

Perhaps the most radical and complex development the United States was faced with in the 1920s was embodied by the culture industry: the emergence of ‘electric technology,’ material-energetically shaped in all sorts of technological innovations like radio, records, film and technical gadgets. The far reaching, even global consequences of this development were thoroughly investigated by German philosophers Adorno and Horkheimer, who wrote in Dialectic of Enlightenment that “the ruthless unity in the culture industry is evidence of what will happen in politics.”1 Continue reading JAZZ MUSIC AND GLOBAL POLITICS

Scott DeVeaux’ The Birth of Bebop

Van ideologisering naar universeel denken?

In The Birth of Bebop rekent de Amerikaanse musicoloog Scott DeVeaux af met de ‘ideologisch-romantische waas’ die nog altijd over de bebop zou hangen. Vele schrijvers, zo stelt hij, zouden zich vaak onbewust schuldig maken aan ‘politiek-ideologische mystificatie’ van de bebop, waarvan de oorzaak te weinig kennis van de historie van jazz muziek zou zijn. Continue reading Scott DeVeaux’ The Birth of Bebop