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Outside and InsideRace and Identity in White Jazz Autobiography$
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Reva Marin

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781496829979

Published to University Press of Mississippi: May 2021

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781496829979.001.0001

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The Authenticating Collaborators of White Jazz Autobiography

The Authenticating Collaborators of White Jazz Autobiography

(p.3) 1 The Authenticating Collaborators of White Jazz Autobiography
Outside and Inside

Reva Marin

University Press of Mississippi

Most white jazz autobiographies credit another author or collaborator in addition to the autobiographical subject. This chapter considers the role of these other voices—the collaborator, amanuensis, or explainer—in shaping the process of authentication that is a central theme of these texts. How and for what purpose do they attempt to legitimate the autobiographical subject, to convince the reader of his worthiness as a jazz musician and also as a figure of cultural and literary significance? White jazz autobiographers represented a unique set of challenges for their collaborators, who responded by establishing ideological positions that resembled (with variations) those drawn by the contestants of the jazz wars of the 1930s to the 1960s. Central to these ideological expressions was an extraordinary concern with contesting the origins, meanings, and performance of jazz along racial and ethnic lines.

Keywords:   collaborator, amanuensis, race, authentication, jazz wars

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