Music in Americas Cold War Diplomacy Danielle Fosler-Lussier

ISBN: 9780520959781

Published: March 1st 2015


344 pages


Music in Americas Cold War Diplomacy  by  Danielle Fosler-Lussier

Music in Americas Cold War Diplomacy by Danielle Fosler-Lussier
March 1st 2015 | ebook | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, AUDIO, mp3, RTF | 344 pages | ISBN: 9780520959781 | 9.67 Mb

During the Cold War, thousands of musicians from the United States traveled the world, sponsored by the U.S. State Department s Cultural Presentations program. Performances of music in many styles classical, rock n roll, folk, blues, and jazz competed with those by traveling Soviet and mainland Chinese artists, enhancing the prestige of American culture.

These concerts offered audiences around the world evidence of America s improving race relations, excellent musicianship, and generosity toward other peoples. Through personal contacts and the media, musical diplomacy also created subtle musical, social, and political relationships on a global scale. Although born of state-sponsored tours often conceived as propaganda ventures, these relationships were in themselves great diplomatic achievements and constituted the essence of America s soft power. Using archival documents and newly collected oral histories, Danielle Fosler-Lussier shows that musical diplomacy had vastly different meanings for its various participants, including government officials, musicians, concert promoters, and audiences.

Through the stories of musicians from Louis Armstrong and Marian Anderson to orchestras and college choirs, Fosler-Lussier deftly explores the value and consequences of musical diplomacy.

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