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Publisher: Free Pess
ISBN10: 0684813548 ISBN13: 9780684813547 DDC: 700/.973/09045 LCC: ML3508


"Birth of the Cool is an illustrated cultural history of the American avant-garde in the 1940s and 1950s - the decades in which cool was born. From intimate interviews with cool icons like poet Allen Ginsberg, bop saxophonist Jackie McLean, and Living Theatre cofounder Judith Malina, award-winning journalist and poet Lewis MacAdams extracts the essence of cool. Taking us inside the most influential and experimental art movements of the twentieth century - from the Harlem jazz joints where Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Parker invented bebop to the back room at Max's Kansas City when Andy Warhol was holding court to backstage at the Newport Folk Festival the night Bob Dylan went electric, from Surrealism to the Black Mountain School to Zen - MacAdams traces the evolution of cool from the very fringes of society to the mainstream."--BOOK JACKET.


Includes bibliographical references (p. 270-281) and index. Includes filmography and discography.


  • LCC: ML3508
  • Dewey Decimal: 700/.973/09045

Book Details

  • Language: eng
  • Physical Description: 288 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.


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