ABSTRACT

Electro swing is a relatively recent musical style and scene which combines the music of the swing era with that of the age of electronic dance music. Chris Inglis considers key questions about electro swing’s place in contemporary society, including what it may mean for a contemporary genre to be so reliant upon the influences of the past; the different ways in which jazz may be presented to a modern audience; how one may go about defining jazz in todays postmodern world; and how this emergent genre may be analysed in terms of the wider issues of race and class consumption.

Introduction

Chapter 1: Electro Swing as Part of a Historical Narrative

Chapter 2: Considering Measures of Authenticity

Chapter 3: On Race and Nationality

Chapter 4: On Class and the Art Spectrum

Chapter 5: The Retrospective Tendencies of Music

Conclusion