The Age of Jazz:1920-1930
The Jazz is at its peak of popularity in the period of the 1920s to 1930s. In this duration jazz music and dance become nationwide popular in the United States of America, the birthplace of Jazz. Another name of Jazz is Roaring Twenties. Jazz swing for the very first time in 1925 when Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington record the first time. The signature event of the Jazz age, The Scope trial took place in a little town in the South. The city was glorified in the Jazz Age. In the early 20s in America, the Jazz was appearing as the theme of everything from cartoons to realist fiction to clubs.
The theater and music scholar David Savran wrote "Jazz was everything. A Weltan Schwing, a personal identity, a metaphysics, and epistemology, ethics, and eros, a made of a socialite - an entire way of being"Excesses of Jazz Age got very affected by the crash of the stock market in 1929. In the words of Heywood brown "The Jazz age was wicked and monstrous and silly, unfortunately, I had a good time".
Jazz music affected all aspects of the society Jazz poetry, fashion, culture and industry were influenced by the "basement" music that took the United States by storm. Jazz music was mainly for youngsters. Some of the old people consider it immoral. In the age of jazz, distribution and production of alcohol were illegal in entire America. This led to the illegal selling of alcohol. strong feminist sentiments were running through society at the Jazz age. Before 1920 activities like dancing, smoking, drinking was acceptable only among men. In this age, women got their right to vote under the 19th amendment of the United States constitution.
By - Aditya Raj Awasthi
Pinnacle National School
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