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Big Band Jazz in Black West Virginia, 1930-1942$
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Christopher Wilkinson

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9781617031687

Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781617031687.001.0001

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Newspapers and Radio Bring the World of the Big Bands to Black West Virginia

Newspapers and Radio Bring the World of the Big Bands to Black West Virginia

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(p.61) Chapter Three Newspapers and Radio Bring the World of the Big Bands to Black West Virginia
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Big Band Jazz in Black West Virginia, 1930-1942
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Christopher Wilkinson

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University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781617031687.003.0004

This chapter examines the role of radio and newspapers in bringing big band music to the attention of black Mountaineers, and in disseminating this musical culture in West Virginia. It suggests that the importance of newspapers and radio to the reconstruction of the history of big band jazz within the musical culture of the Mountain State is in large part due to their interdependence. The chapter also highlights the contribution of “The Pittsburgh Courier,” which regularly listed the broadcasts of nationally prominent black bands in a column called “Radio Highlights.”

Keywords:   big band music, radio, newspapers, musical culture, West Virginia, Pittsburgh Courier

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