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Jazz and the Cabaret Laws in New York City, 2nd Edition

By Paul Chevigny


256 pages

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Gigs provides a fascinating account of a unique victory for musicians against repressive entertainment licensing laws. It provides a much-needed study of the social, political, cultural and legal conditions surrounding a change in law and public attitudes toward vernacular music in New York City.

This second edition includes a new preface by Hamish Birchall and an introduction by the series editors, Guy Osborn and Steve Greenfield, as well as an afterword by the author, and it will be essential reading for all those interested in the history of social attitudes toward the popular arts and the use of constitutional litigation for social change.

Table of Contents

Preface Hamish Birchall Series Editors Introduction 1. Prelude 2. The Musicians Union 3. The Music in the Clubs 4. Regulation as Denigration 5. The Campaign to Change the Law: Lost in the Labyrinth 6. The Campaign to Change the Law: Free Expression 7. The Process of Change 8. The Lives of Musicians 9. Conclusion: Politics, Law and Music Afterword

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.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Law, Society and Popular Culture

Routledge Studies in Law, Society and Popular Culture is an inter-disciplinary series that examines the relationship between the law and all areas of popular culture. Particular foci include the regulation of spheres of popular culture and representations of law within popular culture. ‘Popular Culture’ is a broad and inclusive church that includes all aspects of leisure and culture, including but not confined to music, sport, film, media, night- time economy, art, literature, the internet etc. Whilst law may well provide a useful vehicle for an analysis of cultural activities within society the absence of law in the field may be just as important and worthy of consideration.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / General
HISTORY / United States / 20th Century
MUSIC / Genres & Styles / Jazz