Eric Hobsbawm, 24 November 1994
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Oxford, 536 pp., £19.95, February 1994, 0 19 505410 5Show More
Swing Changes: Big-Band Jazz in New Deal America by David Stowe.
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“... though its greatest champion once signed a letter of protest in New Masses with Edmund Wilson, Meyer Schapiro and the Trillings, whom it if difficult to envisage tapping their feet to Count Basie.) The contribution of the Left was not only to discover talent, though nobody else took a serious interest in obscure – and, more important, non-commercial ...”