Beyond Color-Blind Narratives: Reading behind the Scenes of Paris Blues
This chapter examines the film Paris Blues (1961) to foreground several key points expressed in the present volume. It connects the fictional jazz diasporas of Paris Blues to the very real lives of present-day African American jazz musicians, as well as the author's own experiences residing in Paris. Despite a ferocious political revolt by French of African descent in the 2000s, current jazz diasporas still favor African Americans, and there is a separation between the two diasporic communities. But in the end it is relationships rather than differences that make jazz diasporas. The relationships and exchanges of power among African Americans, white Americans, white French, and French of African descent constantly build, collapse, and rebuild to support the survival of jazz and jazz people.
California Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.
If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.
To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.