Binding: 1/4 Cloth
Book Condition: Near Fine in Near Fine dust jacket
Edition: 1st US Edition; First Printing
Publisher: New York: Beech Tree Books, 1985.
First American edition/first printing in Near Fine condition in alike, little edge-worn dust-jacket.
In the early 1940s, as the Nazis consolidated their power in Germany, jazz was seen as a subversive music. But some of the most talented musicians in Europe were forced to play for Nazi party rallies and functions, despite the risks. La Tristesse de Saint Louis tells the story of these musicians, their families, and their communities as they navigate the dangerous waters of the Nazi regime.
Through the stories of Louis Armstrong, Django Reinhardt, and other celebrated jazzmen, Zwerin shows how jazz was used to communicate defiance and hope to the masses. La Tristesse de Saint Louis is a profound and moving account of one of the most important chapters in jazz history, and a testament to the power of music to defy tyranny.; B & W Photographs; 8vo; 197 pages.