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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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The Party Winds Down

The Party Winds Down

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(p.165) Chapter Ten The Party Winds Down
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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/9781617031687.003.0011

This chapter discusses the principal forces that brought to a close in 1942 the lively engagement with big bands that black Mountaineers had enjoyed for a number of years. It suggests that this development may be attributed to wartime policies concerning rationing and a reduction in the number of employed black miners. The chapter analyzes several issues embedded within the history of the of big band musical culture and explains some of the reasons why this culture flourished in West Virginia to an extent not to be observed in states lying to its east, west, or south.

Keywords:   big bands, black Mountaineers, rationing, back miners, musical culture, West Virginia

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