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Nightclub capitalism and expatriate jazz musicians in Paris


2001 2001

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The proliferation of the American music business has created a power elite which shapes and controls the popular music industry. For American blues and jazz musicians in the 20th century, becoming an expatriate served as an alternative to that subjugation. That alternative existed in the 1990s in some degree, though Europe too has fallen under the influence of American marketing of artists popular in the United States.

This dissertation discusses the community of American expatriate jazz musicians currently living in Paris. These musicians derive the bulk of their income working in Parisian nightclubs and restaurants. Paris is often the focal point of a myth that Europe celebrates its blues and jazz musicians. The myth's logical conclusion is that expatriate American musicians find easy success in Europe. The community of working American musicians in Paris, however, must struggle to live, thereby replicating the existence of many of their counterparts in America. For a musician to now increase their European stature, and to increase their personal stature and fulfillment as a musician, building a career in the States prior to relocating to Europe is a more practical career plan. In the present, nightclub capitalism is international in scope and contributes to the shaping of the careers and, more fully, the lives of American expatriate jazz musicians.

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Subject
Cultural anthropology;
American studies;
Music;
Labor economics;
Americans abroad;
Musicians & conductors;
Jazz
Classification
0326: Cultural anthropology
0323: American studies
0413: Music
0510: Labor economics
Identifier / keyword
Communication and the arts, Social sciences, Capitalism, Expatriate, France, Jazz, Musicians, Nightclubs, Paris
Title
Nightclub capitalism and expatriate jazz musicians in Paris
Author
Cashman, Scott M.
Number of pages
804
Publication year
2001
Degree date
2001
School code
0118
Source
DAI-A 62/09, Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9780493391984, 0493391983
Advisor
Hudson, Alfred B.
University/institution
University of Massachusetts Amherst
University location
United States -- Massachusetts
Degree
Ph.D.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
3027185
ProQuest document ID
304700947
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/304700947
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