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Bebop as historical actuality, urban aesthetic, and critical utterance

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This paper focuses upon "bebop" as a distinctively urban movement for the purpose of contributing to the articulation of a distinctively urban aesthetics. The author examines both how the music was taken up in such cities as New York, Los Angeles, Kansas City, St. Louis, and Chicago, and in turn how an urban sensibility was expressed in this particular movement.

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: Department of Philosophy, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA, USA

Publication date: August 1, 2003

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