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Gigs: Jazz and the Cabaret Laws in New York City

Chevigny, Paul

Published by Routledge, 1991
ISBN 10: 0415904005 / ISBN 13: 9780415904001
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Title: Gigs: Jazz and the Cabaret Laws in New York ...

Publisher: Routledge

Publication Date: 1991

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good+

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition; 1st Printing.


Hardcover with dustjacket, dated, inscribed and signed by the author: "November 1991 - For Rob - who has a job almost as difficut as being a musician. Paul Chevigny." Book would be in excellent condition were it not for a so-called bookseller who stamped the book three times with an announcement that they had donated it. We sincerely hope that urbookman is no longer in the business of defacing books, there are no other remarkable book flaws, the jacket has a small amount of label residue near the top corner of the front panel as its only flaw and a professional (removable) mylar cover is included, "Chevigny takes a close and provocative look at the world of jazz music - where it was played, and how the music changed. He discusses the prejudices of the city and the larger society about vernacular arts"; 215 pages; Signed by Author. Bookseller Inventory # 041544

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Synopsis: In "Gigs" Paul Chevigny, a noted lawyer, scholar and jazz enthusiast, tells the story of a cultural scandal that lasted for two generations. Instituted in the 1920s, the New York City cabaret laws were a clutch of regulations used to control and repress popular entertainment, especially live jazz music. The cabaret laws dictated where live entertainment could be played, and until very recently established a licensing system that was used to insulate patrons from "immoral" influences. These regulations were altered, gradually at first, through intense political pressure and changing cultural attitudes. In the 1980s they were finally destroyed, with the help of Chevigny, who represented the musicians and their union in the case documented in this book. Only as a result of litigation rooted in First Ammendment were claims by the musicians to be permitted at last to express themselves as they saw fit. New York City definitively yielded to the decision as its administration changed from that of Edward Koch to David Dinkins. This book should be of interest to undergraduates and postgraduates; cultural studies, sociology, law and American studies.

About the Author: Paul Chevigny is Professor of Law at New York University. He has a long-standing interest in jazz music and civil rights and has worked on problems of international human rights.

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