Martin Torgoff - Bop Apocalypse: Jazz, Race, the Beats, and Drugs

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Tuesday, February 14, 2017 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Torgoff has told the multi-faceted story of American popular culture in a variety of forms, and now this accomplished journalist, historian, and filmmaker traces the rise of the country’s drug culture through the lens of its music. Starting with the seminal New Orleans jazz scene and working through the heyday of the Savoy Ballroom, the introduction of heroin in Harlem, and on to the Beat Generation, Torgoff profiles performers including Louis Armstrong, Lester Young, Billie Holliday, and Charlie Parker, while charting the concurrent rise of drug legislation and the growth of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics. This illuminating weave of public policy and a mostly African American cultural milieu raises important questions about the role of race in the origins—and future—of the nation’s “war on drugs.”

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Washington, DC 20008
Non Fiction
Bop Apocalypse: Jazz, Race, the Beats, and Drugs Cover Image
ISBN: 9780306824753
Availability: Special Order—Subject to Availability
Published: Da Capo Press - January 24th, 2017

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