Because of events over which Barney had no control, he had saved practically
nothing from his Cafe Society days. There were a few press clippings and
magazine stories, some photographs, and a letter answering a woman in the
Author: Barney Josephson
Publisher: University of Illinois Press
The story of the night club impresario whose wildly successful interracial club, Cafe Society, changed the American artistic landscape forever
The café has a special symbolism in modernity, whether the caffeine fix is
associated with the cities of coffee's origins to the ... thatit will be acatalystfor
further research and for a more refined theorization ofwhatwe characterize as “
Author: A. Tjora
While tracing the historical emergence of the café as a social institution and noting its multiple faces and functions in the modernity of the occident, three themes run like threads of varying texture through the chapters: the social connectivity and inclusion of cafés, café as surrogate office, and café as site of exchange for news and views.
“Lucius Beebe Depicts Modern 'Café Society'” by Cholly Knickerbocker, the New
York American, March 1937. Congratulations to Lucius Beebe—he of the prolific
and extravagant vocabulary—on the interesting opus published in the new ...
Author: Anthony Young
In the midst of the Great Depression, an elite group of New Yorkers lived seemingly unaffected by the economic calamity. They were writers, playwrights, journalists, artists, composers, singers, actors, adventurers and socialites. Newspaperman Maury Paul dubbed them the Café Society. It was the time of Prohibition, speakeasies and exclusive nightclubs for the smart set to see and be seen. Their lives were the stuff of newspaper columns and magazine articles, eagerly read by millions of Americans who wanted to forget the Depression. This book describes the emergence of Café Society from New York’s old society families, and the rise of the new creative class.
Café Society And there she came out [of Café Society] and she was screaming, “
Renie, I tried to kill him, I tried to kill him, I tried to....” And I said, “What is wrong,
Lady?” And she told me then that there was this fella—a white man from Georgia,
Author: David Margolick
Publisher: Canongate Books
The story of the song that foretold a movement and the Lady who dared sing it. Billie Holiday's signature tune, 'Strange Fruit', with its graphic and heart-wrenching portrayal of a lynching in the South, brought home the evils of racism as well as being an inspiring mark of resistance. The song's powerful, evocative lyrics - written by a Jewish communist schoolteacher - portray the lynching of a black man in the South. In 1939, its performance sparked controversy (and sometimes violence) wherever Billie Holiday went. Not until sixteen years later did Rosa Parks refuse to yield her seat on a Montgomery, Alabama bus. Yet 'Strange Fruit' lived on, and Margolick chronicles its effect on those who experienced it first-hand: musicians, artists, journalists, intellectuals, students, budding activists, even the waitresses and bartenders who worked the clubs.
Stowe, “Cafe Society”; Josephson, Cafe Society, 7–9. 87. “Mary Lou Williams,” in
Reading Jazz: A Gathering of Autobiography, Reportage, and Criticism from
1919 to Now, ed. Robert Gottlieb (New York: Pantheon Books, 1996), 115; ...
Author: Stephen R. Duncan
Publisher: JHU Press
The art and antics of rebellious figures in 1950s American nightlifeâ€”from the Beat Generation to eccentric jazz musicians and comediansâ€”have long fascinated fans and scholars alike. In The Rebel Café, Stephen R. Duncan flips the frame, focusing on the New York and San Francisco bars, nightclubs, and coffeehouses from which these cultural icons emerged. Duncan shows that the sexy, smoky sites of bohemian Greenwich Village and North Beach offered not just entertainment but doorways to a new sociopolitical consciousness. This book is a collective biography of the places that harbored beatniks, blabbermouths, hipsters, playboys, and partisans who altered the shape of postwar liberal politics and culture. Throughout this period, Duncan argues, nightspots were crucialâ€”albeit informalâ€”institutions of the American democratic public sphere. Amid the Red Scare’s repressive politics, the urban underground of New York and San Francisco acted as both a fallout shelter for left-wingers and a laboratory for social experimentation. Touching on literary figures from Norman Mailer and Amiri Baraka to Susan Sontag as well as performers ranging from Dave Brubeck to Maya Angelou to Lenny Bruce, The Rebel Café profiles hot spots such as the Village Vanguard, the hungry i, the Black Cat Cafe, and the White Horse Tavern. Ultimately, the book provides a deeper view of 1950s America, not simply as the black-and-white precursor to the Technicolor flamboyance of the sixties but as a rich period of artistic expression and identity formation that blended cultural production and politics.
The Popular Front councilman Benjamin Davis of Harlem used the same slogan
at his rallies—and Hazel Scott, along with several of her Café Society coworkers,
performed at at least one.5 What was the connection between Scott and the ...
Author: Nichole T. Rustin
Publisher: Duke University Press
In jazz circles, players and listeners with “big ears” hear and engage complexity in the moment, as it unfolds. Taking gender as part of the intricate, unpredictable action in jazz culture, this interdisciplinary collection explores the terrain opened up by listening, with big ears, for gender in jazz. Essays range from a reflection on the female boogie-woogie pianists who played at Café Society in New York during the 1930s and 1940s to interpretations of how the jazzman is represented in Dorothy Baker’s novel Young Man with a Horn (1938) and Michael Curtiz’s film adaptation (1950). Taken together, the essays enrich the field of jazz studies by showing how gender dynamics have shaped the production, reception, and criticism of jazz culture. Scholars of music, ethnomusicology, American studies, literature, anthropology, and cultural studies approach the question of gender in jazz from multiple perspectives. One contributor scrutinizes the tendency of jazz historiography to treat singing as subordinate to the predominantly male domain of instrumental music, while another reflects on her doubly inappropriate position as a female trumpet player and a white jazz musician and scholar. Other essays explore the composer George Russell’s Lydian Chromatic Concept as a critique of mid-twentieth-century discourses of embodiment, madness, and black masculinity; performances of “female hysteria” by Les Diaboliques, a feminist improvising trio; and the BBC radio broadcasts of Ivy Benson and Her Ladies’ Dance Orchestra during the Second World War. By incorporating gender analysis into jazz studies, Big Ears transforms ideas of who counts as a subject of study and even of what counts as jazz. Contributors: Christina Baade, Jayna Brown, Farah Jasmine Griffin, Monica Hairston, Kristin McGee, Tracy McMullen, Ingrid Monson, Lara Pellegrinelli, Eric Porter, Nichole T. Rustin, Ursel Schlicht, Julie Dawn Smith, Jeffrey Taylor, Sherrie Tucker, João H. Costa Vargas
Café La Maze, Sunset Blvd. Los Angeles, CA. Café Lafayette, Los Angeles, CA (
1920s). Café Roxy, Sunset Blvd., Hollywood, CA (1935+). Café Royal (Touraine
Cocktail Bar), Boston, MA. Café Society, West Fourth and Washington Place, ...
Author: Colin Bratkovich
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
I have completed this manuscript Just Remember This, or as American Pop Singers 1900-1950+, about music before the 1950s in America. It perhaps offers knowledge and insights not previously found in other musical reference books. I have moreover been working on this book very meticulously over the past twelve-plus years. It started as a bit of fun and gradually became serious as I began to listen along with the vocalists of popular music, of the era before 1950, essentially just before the dawn of rock and roll. If you can call it that! Indeed genre and labeling of American music started here, and then from everywhere. While the old adage of always starting from somewhere could be noted in every century, the 1900s had produced the technology. Understanding the necessity, more so, finds a curiosity on the part of a general public hungry for entertainment, despite 6 day work weeks, World War I, the Great Depression, and World War II.
The construction and consumption of lifestyle choices by an urban middle class
has always existed, often as a form of 'cafe society', such as existed in Paris of the
nineteenth century. Today, because of the proliferation of media within the ...
Author: Shaun Best
Introduction to Politics and Society draws on examples from popular political culture in order to convey how politics operates in the contemporary world. Examples illustrate the meaning of theories and show the relevance of central theoretical debates. Planned and developed with an eye to the needs of students, the book is an extraordinary resource for undergraduate teaching and study needs. It will be required reading for undergraduate students in sociology, politics and social policy.
Finally, Horne made a name for herself when she appeared at Café Society
Downtown, the very chic Manhattan supper club run by Barney Josephson that
also headlined such performers as Billie Holiday, Josh White, Teddy Wilson, and
Author: Donald Bogle
Publisher: One World
In Bright Boulevards, Bold Dreams, Donald Bogle tells–for the first time–the story of a place both mythic and real: Black Hollywood. Spanning sixty years, this deliciously entertaining history uncovers the audacious manner in which many blacks made a place for themselves in an industry that originally had no place for them. Through interviews and the personal recollections of Hollywood luminaries, Bogle pieces together a remarkable history that remains largely obscure to this day. We discover that Black Hollywood was a place distinct from the studio-system-dominated Tinseltown–a world unto itself, with unique rules and social hierarchy. It had its own talent scouts and media, its own watering holes, elegant hotels, and fashionable nightspots, and of course its own glamorous and brilliant personalities. Along with famous actors including Bill “Bojangles” Robinson, Hattie McDaniel (whose home was among Hollywood’s most exquisite), and, later, the stunningly beautiful Lena Horne and the fabulously gifted Sammy Davis, Jr., we meet the likes of heartthrob James Edwards, whose promising career was derailed by whispers of an affair with Lana Turner, and the mysterious Madame Sul-Te-Wan, who shared a close lifelong friendship with pioneering director D. W. Griffith. But Bogle also looks at other members of the black community–from the white stars’ black servants, who had their own money and prestige, to gossip columnists, hairstylists, and architects–and at the world that grew up around them along Central Avenue, the Harlem of the West. In the tradition of Hortense Powdermaker’s classic Hollywood: The Dream Factory and Neal Gabler’s An Empire of Their Own, in Bright Boulevards, Bold Dreams, Donald Bogle re-creates a vanished world that left an indelible mark on Hollywood–and on all of America.
Cafe. Society. Blues. 1943―1946. Any Club That liked to bill itself as "The Wrong
Place for the Right People" had to be at least a little different from the usual
nightclub. And Cafe Society Downtown was unusual: not just a business venture,
Author: Linda Dahl
Publisher: Univ of California Press
"Imagine a pianist playing concerts with Benny Goodman and Cecil Taylor in successive years (1977-78). That pianist was Mary Lou Williams. In a career which spanned over fifty years, Mary was always on the cutting edge."--Bob Jacobsen, www.allaboutjazz
By the fall of 1943, she had transferred her union membership to Local 802 and
secured a regular job at Café Society downtown in Greenwich Village. Before the
year was up, she moved into an apartment in Harlem on a tree-lined street ...
Author: Robin Kelley
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
The first full biography of legendary jazz musician Thelonious Monk, written by a brilliant historian, with full access to the family's archives and with dozens of interviews. Thelonious Monk is the critically acclaimed, gripping saga of an artist’s struggle to “make it” without compromising his musical vision. It is a story that, like its subject, reflects the tidal ebbs and flows of American history in the twentieth century. To his fans, he was the ultimate hipster; to his detractors, he was temperamental, eccentric, taciturn, or childlike. His angular melodies and dissonant harmonies shook the jazz world to its foundations, ushering in the birth of “bebop” and establishing Monk as one of America’s greatest composers. Elegantly written and rich with humor and pathos, Thelonious Monk is the definitive work on modern jazz’s most original composer.
Coffee and the Counterintuitive Countering Perceptions: Coffee as King in Japan
Japanese cafés offer correctives to ... about the uses of the café may be both
similar to and at odds with our understandings of café society and globalization ...
Author: Merry I. White
Publisher: Univ of California Press
"Cafes are where change happens and people feel most themselves. In this surprising book we see how Japan came of age in the café--where women became free, where people jazz and poetry could reign. And, of course, where coffee is at its perfectionist best. Always a congenial companion and teacher, Merry White shows us a whole society in a beautifully made cup." --Corby Kummer, The Atlantic "Merry White's book is vital reading for anyone interested in culture and coffee, which has a surprising and surprisingly long history in Japan. Tracing the evolving role of the country's cafes, and taking us on armchair visits to some of the best, White makes us want to board a plane immediately to sample a cup brewed with 'kodawari,' a passion bordering on obsession. " --Devra First, The Boston Globe "Coffee Life in Japan features highly engaging history and ethnographic detail on coffee culture in Japan. Many readers will delight in reading this work. White provides an affectionate, deeply felt, well reasoned book on coffee, cafes, and urban spaces in Japan."--Christine Yano, author of Airborne Dreams: "Nisei" Stewardesses and Pan American World Airways "Combining unmistakable relish for the subject with decades of academic expertise, Merry White skillfully demonstrates that the café, not the teahouse, is a core space in urban Japanese life. Her portrait of their endurance, proliferation, and diversity aptly illustrates how coffee drinking establishments accommodate social and personal needs, catering to a range of tastes and functions. It is a lovely and important book not only about the history and meanings of Japan's liquid mojo, but also about the creation of new urban spaces for privacy and sociality." --Laura Miller, author of Beauty Up: Exploring Contemporary Japanese Body Aesthetics
4 At Café Society, Billie enjoyed enormous popularity. She was now able to
choose her own songs and approve their arrangements. With greater control over
her material, her style matured—more polished and enriched with expressive ...
Author: Earle Rice
Publisher: Mitchell Lane Publishers, Inc.
Eleanora Fagan rocketed to fame like a shooting star during the two decades spanning 1937 and 1957. She soared to stardom on the wings of a unique voice and songs sung sad. As Billie Holiday, she overcame personal crises and racial bigotry to become what many consider to be America’s premier jazz vocalist of the twentieth century. Then, like a flamed–out meteor, she crashed and burned in the throes of alcohol and drug addiction. Lady Day, as Billie was known to her friends and admirers, joined a handful of jazz musicians who can truly be called legendary. Her voice was one of a kind; her lyrical interpretations, intimate—and often sensually expressive or disturbingly bitter. She profoundly influenced her fellow musicians, not only in jazz, but in every other musical genre. Billie’s life and legacy are emblematic of both triumph and tragedy: She overcame more than her share of adversities, but she could not conquer her urge to self-destruct.
discuss, and ultimately act to collaboratively mend our society. ... In order to
promote a vibrant, critical, and democratic public sphere, we must conceive of
cafés as coffeehouses rather than coffee ... First is an initiative called Café
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Offering philosophical insights into the popular morning brew, Coffee -- Philosophy for Everyone kick starts the day with an entertaining but critical discussion of the ethics, aesthetics, metaphysics, and culture of coffee. Matt Lounsbury of pioneering business Stumptown Coffee discusses just how good coffee can be Caffeine-related chapters cover the ethics of the coffee trade, the metaphysics of coffee and the centrality of the coffee house to the public sphere Includes a foreword by Donald Schoenholt, President at Gillies Coffee Company
he public euphoria following the Carnegie Hall Concert and the open— ing of
Café Society Downtown confirmed the arrival of boogie-woogie in New York and
the reputations of the Boogie—Woogie Trio and Ioe Turner. The early months of ...
Author: Peter J. Silvester
Publisher: Scarecrow Press
The Story of Boogie-Woogie: A Left Hand Like God examines the socio-historical background of the boogie-woogie piano style, from its early appearances in the barrelhouses of lumber, turpentine, and railroad camps in the southern United States, to its emergence at rent parties in Chicago and St. Louis, to its rise as a popular form of music in the nightclubs of New York, to its status as an international craze during World War II. In this enhanced revision of A Left Hand Like God, Peter J. Silvester presents a comprehensive history of boogie-woogie, describing the style's appearance and development, its offshoots, and the pianists who made it famous, and studying its impact on rhythm and blues, urban blues, and big band swing, leading to the eventual revival of 'classical' boogie-woogie in concerts and festivals. Silvester discusses significant European and American pianists of boogie-woogie throughout history, providing biographical information about their life styles and musical influences and offering an analysis of their important recordings. The book also includes a new chapter on the contribution of national and independent record companies to the recording of boogie-woogie music. A thorough bibliography and a final appendix providing many of the bass patterns common in boogie-woogie make this a valuable reference.
... a very different and much more analytical direction, to reveal far more about the
underlying dynamics of celebrity society. ... he saw the dynamics of contemporary
celebrity as closely aligned to that of the historical emergence of 'café society', ...
Author: Robert Van Krieken
This book brings new dimensions to our understanding of celebrity, capturing the way in which the figure of the celebrity is bound up with the emergence of modernity and outlines how the celebrification of society is not just the 20th c product of Hollywood and television, but a long-term historical process. Author from Uni of Sydney.
Modernism was partly a product of a café society in which writers from across the
world would drink, talk and collaborate. With the entrance of financially
independent women writers and artists into the public sphere, café society was ...
Author: Rachel Potter
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
Introduces students to a wide range of modernist writers and critical debates in modernism studies
During the forties Robeson was a regular at Café Society, where he would often
drop by after the evening performance of Othello, often with a group of friends. It
had been opened in 1938 by Barney Josephson as the first mainstream nightclub
Author: Martin Duberman
Publisher: Open Road Media
The remarkable life of Paul Robeson, quintessential Harlem Renaissance man: scholar, all-American, actor, activist, and firebrand Born the son of an ex-slave in New Jersey in 1898, Paul Robeson, endowed with multiple gifts, seemed destined for fame. In his youth, he was as tenacious in the classroom as he was on the football field. After graduating from Rutgers with high honors, he went on to earn a law degree at Columbia. Soon after, he began a stage and film career that made him one of the country’s most celebrated figures. But it was not to last. Robeson became increasingly vocal about defending black civil rights and criticizing Western imperialism, and his radical views ran counter to the country’s evermore conservative posture. During the McCarthy period, Robeson’s passport was lifted, he was denounced as a traitor, and his career was destroyed. Yet he refused to bow. His powerful and tragic story is emblematic of the major themes of twentieth-century history. Martin Duberman’s exhaustive biography is the result of years of research and interviews, and paints a portrait worthy of its incredible subject and his improbable story. Duberman uses primary documents to take us deep into Robeson’s life, giving Robeson the due that he so richly deserves.
Society Blues Elijah Wald. 228 ... He celebrated his return with a month-long stay
at Cafe Society, then a stint at Boston's top jazz club, Storyville. In May 1 952,
Cafe Society closed again, but Josh's situation was not materially afiected.
Author: Elijah Wald
First Published in 2002. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.