Moscow: Muzyka, 1972. Item #347
175 pp., 24 pl. 21,5x17 cm. In original wrappers. Near fine. Word ‘jazz’ is written on the spine (pen), slightly rubbed.
Scarce. One of the first books on jazz in USSR and first book on Soviet jazz. It contains detailed history of jazz existing in USSR for 50 years. Jazz appeared and became popular in USSR in 1920s. It had different stages of development throughout 1930s but in 1940s-50s it was basically banned, that time is called ‘‘unbending of saxophones’’.
This book appeared in the beginning of the 1970s exactly because jazz was revived, and theoretical thought was seeking for ways to analyze the genre and its dynamic history, in general and in USSR. Interesting that later in the second half of 70s and beginning of 80s jazz was in stagnation again. With extensive list of biography and many black and white photographs.
Worldcat locates only one copy in USA (Columbia University).