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Music and Politics in San Francisco: From the 1906 Quake to the Second World War

Leta Miller


This history immerses the reader in San Francisco's musical life during the first half of the twentieth century, showing how a fractious community overcame virulent partisanship to establish cultural monuments such as the San Francisco Symphony (1911) and Opera (1923). The book draws on primary source material and first-hand knowledge of the music to argue that a utopian vision counterbalanced partisan interests and inspired cultural endeavors, including the San Francisco Conservatory, two world fairs, and America's first municipally owned opera house. The book demonstrates that rampant racism ... More

Keywords: San Francisco Symphony, San Francisco Conservatory, world fairs, racism, Chinese laborers, Chinese music, African American musicians, jazz musicians

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780520268913
Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520268913.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Leta Miller, author