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Harlem nights : the secret history of Australia's Jazz age / Deirdre O'Connell.

Harlem nights : the secret history of Australia's Jazz age / Deirdre O'Connell.
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ISBN 9780522877649
Author O'Connell, Deirdre (author)
Title Harlem nights : the secret history of Australia's Jazz age / Deirdre O'Connell.
Publisher &/or associated date/s Carlton, Victoria : Melbourne University Press, 2021.
©2021.
Description xvi, 408 pages : illustrations, portraits ; 24 cm.
Note "Sonny clay's colored idea"--Cover.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 319-344) and index.
Summary The untold story of race and power in Australia's Jazz Age The 1920s were a time of wonder and flux, when Australians sensed a world growing smaller, turning faster-and, for some, skittering off balance. American movies, music and dance brought together what racial lines kept apart. A spirit of youthful rebellion collided with the promise of racial perfectibility, stirring deep anxieties in white nationalists and moral reformers. African-American jazz represented the type of modernism that cosmopolitan Australians craved-and the champions of White Australia feared. Enter Sonny Clay's Colored Idea. Snuck in under the wire by an astute promoter, the Harlem-style revue broke from the usual blackface minstrel fare, delivering sophisticated, liberating rhythms. The story of their Australian tour is a tale of conspiracy-a secret plan to kick out and keep out 'undesirable' expressions of modernism, music and race. From the wild jazz clubs of Prohibition-era LA to Indigenous women discovering a new world of black resistance, this anatomy of a scandal-fuelled frame-up brings into focus a vibrant cast of characters from Australia's Jazz Age.
Subjects Jazz -- Australia
Jazz -- Australia -- History and criticism
Music and race
Sydney (N.S.W.) -- Race relations
Melbourne (Vic.) -- Race relations
Australia -- Race relations
Call number 2021.293
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