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Music History & Criticism

Outside and Inside

Race and Identity in White Jazz Autobiography

by (author) Reva Marin

University Press of Mississippi
Initial publish date
Oct 2020
History & Criticism, Books & Reading, Jazz, Discrimination & Race Relations
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A unique, insider perspective on race relations in a great American music

About the author

Reva Marin is the author of Oscar: The Life and Music of Oscar Peterson, a finalist for the 2004 Fleck Award for Canadian Children's Non-Fiction, and “Representations of Identity in Jewish Jazz Autobiography,” published in the Canadian Review of American Studies.

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Editorial Reviews

Marin's text is enhanced with excellent photographs and notes, a bibliography of works cited, and a helpful index. Her well-written and well-argued study is accessible to all and is highly recommended to libraries of all types.

Musical Research Services Quarterly

Outside and Inside provides a fascinating and long-overdue look at the role of white jazz musicians through the lens of their autobiographies. Marin explores the relationships of these musicians to African American culture as well as to their own white ethnicities with subtlety and insight. This book is essential and richly enjoyable reading for all those interested in the complex role of race and ethnicity in jazz.

Charles Hersch, author of Jews and Jazz: Improvising Ethnicity

In Outside and Inside Reva Marin brings gender squarely and skillfully into the jazz autobiography discourse. The sampling of male jazz autobiographies selected for analysis is judicious, reflecting a range of behaviors related to race and ethnicity. Highly recommended.

Bruce Boyd Raeburn, curator emeritus, Hogan Jazz Archive, Tulane University, and author of New Orleans Style and The Writing of American Jazz History

I cannot imagine a more balanced and nuanced approach to the highly vexed issues around jazz, race, and sexuality. Reva Marin has taken on a deeply problematic subject and opened it up brilliantly.

Krin Gabbard, author of Better Git It in Your Soul: An Interpretive Biography of Charles Mingus

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