1st Edition

Electro Swing Resurrection, Recontextualisation, and Remix

By Chris Inglis Copyright 2023
    222 Pages 13 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Electro swing is a relatively recent musical style and scene which combines the music of the swing era with that of the age of electronic dance music. Chris Inglis considers key questions about electro swing’s place in contemporary society, including what it may mean for a contemporary genre to be so reliant upon the influences of the past; the different ways in which jazz may be presented to a modern audience; how one may go about defining jazz in today's postmodern world; and how this emergent genre may be analysed in terms of the wider issues of race and class consumption.


    Chapter 1: Electro Swing as Part of a Historical Narrative

    Chapter 2: Considering Measures of Authenticity

    Chapter 3: On Race and Nationality

    Chapter 4: On Class and the Art Spectrum

    Chapter 5: The Retrospective Tendencies of Music



    Chris Inglis is a musicologist based in Cardiff, Wales, whose research primarily explores the emergence and development of the electro swing scene. In 2019, he received his doctorate from the University of South Wales. He is currently employed by the British and Irish Modern Music Institute in Bristol.

    "In this important book, Inglis has documented a thorough exploration of the emergence of electro swing, a genre which often slips under the radar of scholarly discourse. Based on interviews with key stakeholders in the genre’s development, Inglis asks a number of important questions surrounding the resurrection, recontextulisation and appropriation of music. A must read."

    Paul Carr, Professor of Popular Music Analysis, University of South Wales