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American Jazz in Czechoslovak Samizdat

Jazzový bulletin (single unnumbered issue for September 1964). Jazz bulletin, nos. 1-6 (1965) and nos. 1-6 (1966). WITH: Jazz-revue, three unnumbered issues for 1965.

Pilsen and Most, Czechoslovakia. Various, mostly A4, some oblong octavos. Original mimeographed and printed wrappers, some side-stapled; ca. 4-24 pp. per issue. A number of issues with original photographic prints affixed to pages. About very good.

Altogether fourteen issues, most mimeographed, of two jazz samizdat bulletins issued semi-illegally in Pilsen and Most, Czechoslovakia, documenting the wide-spread fascination with American Jazz in mid-1960s Czechoslovakia. The period was marked by a certain degree of political liberalization that led up to the Prague Spring of 1968, which was cut short by the Soviet invasion and the ensuing years of "Normalization." The issues contain updates about the activities of the jazz clubs in the respective cities, reviews and announcements of performances, translations of works by Langston Hughes, reviews of Thelonious Monk, Nat King Cole, Don Redman, Jimmie Lunceford, and many others, the results of the "Jazz International Critic's Poll Down Beat 1964," short "jazz dictionaries" explaining English terms to Czech readers, and much else dealing with both local and American jazz performers. An issue of "Jazz Bulletin" for 1965 contains a review of Louis Armstrong's concert in PragueThe second yearly run of Jazz bulletin (Plsen) is a letter-press printed oblong octavo, with photographic illustrations. All issues contain a printed note stating them to be intended for internal use. The publishers exploited a legal loophole that allowed professional associations to publish material for internal use. As of November 2019, we cannot locate either publication in KVK or OCLC.

Book ID: 50323

Price: $1,750.00