Eth7. Reasons to believe jazz is evil
- Christian Blauvelt, "The Mysterious Origins of Jazz," BBC: Culture: Music: Jazz, February 24, 2017. Accessed December 20, 2020.
“Jazz as a whole also came under attack as an example of bad taste, however, in much the same way rock n’ roll and hip-hop would later, by people who had no knowledge of the music whatsoever. The New York Times published editorial after editorial throughout the late 1910s and 1920s touting the dangers of jazz, which had historically been associated with the brothels where it was initially played; just months after Livery Stable Blues became a hit recording, the Storyville red light district, previous tolerated by the city leaders of New Orleans, was completely shut down. And Edward Baxter Perry wrote in the popular music magazine The Etude that ragtime, into which he was lumping early jazz songs like Livery Stable Blues and the Original Dixieland Jass Band’s even more popular 1917 follow-up Tiger Rag, “is syncopation gone mad. And its victims in my opinion can only be treated like the dog with rabies, with a dose of lead. Whether it is simply a passing phase in our decadent art culture, or an infectious disease which has come to say, like leprosy, time will tell.” (bold not in original)
- David Arivett 2007 in Songs Of David replying to Women's Home Journal from 1921 entitled, “Does Jazz Put The Sin In Syncopation?”
- "Why is the Augmented 4th the "chord of evil" that was banned in Renaissance church music? From The Guardian.co.uk