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Different Drummers: Jazz in the Culture of Nazi Germany

Michael H. Kater


This book explores the underground history of jazz in Adolf Hitler's Germany. It offers a frightening and fascinating look at life and popular culture during the Third Reich, showing that for the Nazis, jazz was an especially threatening form of expression. Not only were its creators at the very bottom of the Nazi racial hierarchy, but the very essence of jazz — spontaneity, improvisation, and, above all, individuality — represented a direct challenge to the repetitive, simple, uniform pulse of German march music and indeed everyday life. The fact that many of the most talented European jazz a ... More

Keywords: Nazis, Germany, modernism, censorship, proscription, improvisation, jazz, individuality, Jews, political disobedience

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2003 Print ISBN-13: 9780195165531
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195165531.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michael H. Kater, author
York University, Toronto
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