Sp4. Is jazz a bourgeoise plot to subdue the workers?
Title: New Foundations: a student quarterly. Volume 3, no. 1 (Fall 1949) Place Published: New York Publisher: New Foundations Cooperative Press Date: 1949 Price: 25.00 Link: http://www.bolerium.com/cgi-bin/bol48/207187.html?mv_pc=wants Description: Single issue of the journal, in staplebound pictorial wraps; 5x8 inches, touch of rust around the staples, otherwise very good. Magazine associated with the American Youth for Democracy and the Labor Youth League, youth groups of the CPUSA. Includes a Stalinist diatribe against beebop jazz (which, according to a note in the subsequent issue, inspired a flurry of angry letters). "Today, large segments of the working class are being duped by the bourgeoisie into the decadence and violence of beebop. For beebop is a reflection of the use of music in a class society as part of the effort of a ruling class to enforce it[s] attitudes and mores upon society as a whole... It offers a cult of perfume and mysticism, negating the reality the workers face daily. The mark of the cult - beard, beret, and jargon - symbolizes a private, personal revolt, separated from history..." Keywords: Labor - American Communist Party USA 1940S Serials, journals, magazines Civil Rights African American Jazz