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by Kabir Sehgal

  • Author: Kabir Sehgal
  • ISBN: 0615176933
  • ISBN13: 978-0615176932
  • ePub: 1129 kb | FB2: 1484 kb
  • Language: English
  • Category: Politics & Government
  • Publisher: Better World Books; 1st edition (April 15, 2008)
  • Pages: 264
  • Rating: 4.8/5
  • Votes: 960
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Jazzocracy: Jazz, Democracy, and the Creation of a New American Mythology ePub download

Kabir Sehgal brilliantly shows us how both jazz and democracy require an environment of free exchange and collective ingenuity. -Jimmy Carter, 39th President of the United States. Kabir Sehgal knows whereof he speaks when he writes on the impact of jazz and democracy on America.

Kabir Sehgal brilliantly shows us how both jazz and democracy require an environment of free exchange and collective ingenuity. He has participated at the highest level in both. A jazz artist extraordinaire and a political junkie like me, he hits the nail on the head when he writes that these two powerful influences in America have combined to define our unique culture.

Kabir Sehgal brilliantly shows us how both jazz and democracy require an. .After reading this book I feel proud to be an American

Kabir Sehgal brilliantly shows us how both jazz and democracy require an environment of free exchange and collective ingenuity. After reading this book I feel proud to be an American. I have a new and enlightened appreciation and pride in our country's call into existence. Kabir Seghal's infectious solo work grooves distinctly, infusing jazz and democracy - two organic and constantly evolving expressions of American society and culture. Not only does Sehgal illuminate nearly every angle of the jazz-democracy metaphor, his writing style eloquently mirrors tenets of the metaphor itself.

In the jam session of a Jazzocracy, Americans trade fours with each other. In the 1950s, jazz musicians became the literal embodiment of American democracy. Through one of the largest ever funded cultural projects, premier jazz musicians traveled to places beyond the Iron Curtain, and throughout the Third World in an effort to promulgate ideals of democracy. Now, from a new generation, we have a new challenge.

Kabir Sehgal is an American author, composer, producer, navy officer, military veteran, investment banker, and financial executive. He is the New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of eleven books. He has also won four Grammy Awards and two Latin Grammy Awards as a record producer. He was previously a vice president at JPMorgan Chase. Sehgal was born in Atlanta, Georgia and attended The Lovett School.

Sehgal takes the jazz-as-democracy metaphor and runs with it, talking of ‘jazz legislators . Jazzocracy is Sehgal’s term for a utopian state, a ‘jazz-inflected society. Returning to Sehgal’s concept of a new American mythology, it would seem that both jazz and hip-hop have a great deal to offer.

Sehgal takes the jazz-as-democracy metaphor and runs with it, talking of ‘jazz legislators,’ describing rhythm as a ‘Bill of Rights that must be respected,’ explaining how ‘the power of the grooves is vested in the four equal beats, just as a democracy vests power among its constituent people’ (p. 30. At bottom, this is social criticism intending nothing less than ‘to foment an artistic and cultural renaissance’ (p. 130).

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book by Kabir Sehgal. Sometimes a jam session includes trading fours, where each member of the band takes four measures to solo. Jazzocracy : Jazz, Democracy, and the Creation of a New American Mythology. Zara Gonzalez Hoang, Surishtha Sehgal, Kabir Sehgal.

Kabir Sehgal shows us how jazz can help us recapture America s rightful soul. Jazzocracy is a clarion work about the future of American culture. As a jazz enthusiast, I am excited to see a fresh, cogent, and stirring paradigm for the music. Maestro Sehgal picks you up on the first page and propels you through the rest with dazzling intellect and wit. Bravo. Jude Law. Academy Award nominated actor. This is a wonderful exploration of the jazz-as-democracy metaphor, and Kabir Sehgal uses it to explain how jazz can yield lessons to help us shape American society. President and CEO, Aspen Institute; author of Einstein: His Life and Universe.

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Sehgal published his first book, Jazzocracy: Jazz, Democracy, and the Creation of a New American Mythology in 2008. Jazzocracy explores the relationship between jazz music and the concept of democracy. The New York Times said of Coined, "If you’ve been waiting for an economic version of 'Eat, Pray, Love,' this may be i. The Financial Times called Coined, "An eclectic and sometimes personal inquiry into the roots of finance takes. in everything from Galápagos turtles to Apple Pa.

Sometimes a jam session includes trading fours, where each member of the band takes four measures to solo. If someone forgets to play his four, there is a flagrant void of sound. If you play one measure extra, you're not respecting the form. In the jam session of a Jazzocracy, Americans trade fours with each other. Talk and listen. In the 1950s, jazz musicians became the literal embodiment of American democracy. Through one of the largest ever funded cultural projects, premier jazz musicians traveled to places beyond the Iron Curtain, and throughout the Third World in an effort to promulgate ideals of democracy. Now, from a new generation, we have a new challenge. It s the challenge to see the evolution of jazz and democracy as forming our next set of mythologies, ones that cast beyond the tired legacy of Billy the Kid, or the degraded trends of popular music. This young author asks the big question are we forgetting the very spirit that inspired jazz in the first place? Kabir Sehgal shows us how jazz can help us recapture America s rightful soul.
Runehammer
The digital copy was not properly converted into a pdf. Pages were mixed together as well as no page numbers. Very confusing and distracting. I need this product for school but perhaps I should look elsewhere.
Samuhn
After reading this book I feel proud to be an American. I have a new and enlightened appreciation and pride in our country's call into existence. Kabir Seghal's infectious solo work grooves distinctly, infusing jazz and democracy - two organic and constantly evolving expressions of American society and culture. The author makes a very logically concise case for the creative economy of New Orleans that should not be ignored. The government is far too underweight New Orleans, which is soon to change thanks to politically savvy and passionate stewards of jazz like Kabir Sehgal. Kabir's attention to detail and insightful reflections are immensely inspiring and I highly recommend this book to anyone who'd like to read the anthem of a virtuoso.
Cordantrius
Kabir Sehgal's endeavor Jazzocracy begins with guiding the reader to rediscover Jazz, America's greatest contribution to culture. And not only its greatest contribution to culture, but a rosetta stone to learning America's culture and government itself as it evolved into one of both dynamic individualism and a great community project.

America's representative democracy is the rhythm of the beat, keeping every jazz musician on the same path. Jazz's virtuoso solos are the oratory and individualism of the leader in democracy. Jazz promotes and celebrates the virtuoso, but, just like in government they are never separate from and dis attached from the community of jazz artists they are on stage with. Through a vigorous exposition of the metaphors of jazz, Sehgal applies the same metaphors to American Democracy and shows the verisimilitude of both projects.

The same can be said of Jazz's and America's history according to Kabir. Jazz's roots stretch back to the music traditions of Africa, brought here with the black slaves America exploited. A direct link to the land these African Americans were torn from, as jazz evolved the same history of segregation is written into the chords of blues and jazz.

Jazz comes to be much more than the outgrowth of classical African music. America gives jazz its distinctive individualism as it grew in America's most cosmopolitan city, New Orleans. And as it was exported to Europe, Jazz became seen as America's imprint on world culture. What seemed like a natural music to Americans, was understood as democracy at its best by Europeans. Jazz became an important weapon in the arsenal of democracy employed through out the cold war. Sehgal points out that the radio free Europe project which broadcast music into Soviet Russia, predominately played jazz music. For the communist or any non-American, the beauty that is jazz was taken as a metaphor for the beauty and intelligence of democracy. Jazz was a beacon of our democracy through the last century.

Jazzocracy unfortunately ends in the opposite end of the New Orleans funeral procession. New Orleans, to date, is still left in disrepair. Jazz is being forgotten in lieu of a music culture which is superficial at best and degrading to its artists and listeners at word. Sehgal throws down the gauntlet it what he sees an American culture war, stridently demanding that jazz be used again as a tool to build a vibrant democratic culture. Kabir calls for the remythification of the solo trumpeter, blaring his instrument through the night in the hot, thick New Orleans air. He calls for jazz to help unify a country in political doldrums, both in creating a community once again and celebrated individuals.

The prospects for this may seem idealistic, daunting, and unlikely. But by seeing how Jazz shaped America's government and culture in the past, there is no reason why it can't do so again. The first step, buy the book and learn the lessons Sehgal has mastered. Jazz is democracy and democracy is jazz. And America can once again link the two, substantiating what should be called a Jazzocracy
Abuseyourdna
Review by Wesley J. Watkins, IV, Ph.D.
The Jazz & Democracy Project(tm) [...]

Many months after spearheading a year long jazz and democracy elementary school collaboration, and spending countless hours searching for creative ways to make the jazz-democracy metaphor explicit and significant to classes of 5th graders, I discovered JAZZOCRACY, the book that would have provided the road map for the trail I (thought I) was blazing! Not only does Sehgal illuminate nearly every angle of the jazz-democracy metaphor, his writing style eloquently mirrors tenets of the metaphor itself. Like the jazz soloist who has mastered his instrument and craft, able to pull from myriad licks, experiences, and sources of inspiration, Sehgal culls innumerable sources to explicate the intricacies and subtle yet significant beauty of this most American of metaphors. In so doing, he allows scholars, music critics, historical figures, and jazz luminaries to co-exist and converse with one another on the page, ultimately crafting a collective work of art by his single hand, and thereby reconciling the individual amongst the group.

House Congressional Resolution 57 (HR-57), passed by the 100th Congress in 1987, declares jazz a "rare and valuable national American treasure to which we should devote our attention, support and resources to make certain it is preserved, understood and promulgated." It follows, then, that every student and citizen should learn about our nation's classical music, widely considered America's greatest artistic contribution to the world. What Sehgal clarifies once and for all is that by learning about jazz history and the process by which musicians create this most American of art forms, we learn fundamentally what it is to be American as envisioned by our Founding Fathers and set forth in our nation's Constitution. Jazz is the shining relic of our past, embodying the best we as a nation have to offer, and providing the most noble and democratic aesthetic vision for our future. Read JAZZOCRACY if you truly want to see the light.
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