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Taj Mahal Foxtrot: The Story of Bombay's Jazz Age (with CD)

Price : $49.75
ISBN # : 9788174367594
Author : Naresh Fernandes
pages: 192
Edition : Hardcover
Volumes : 1
Publisher : Lustre/Roli Books
Published : 2011

First ever history of Jazz in India - matched with rare archival images never-before published
Packaged with a free CD of original jazz recordings of the time
'Fernandes is among the best narrative historians in India today, and his new book is a triumph of storytelling. Taj Mahal Foxtrot's got the beat.' Suketu Mehta

'The pictures match the words, producing this jewel of a book, which I read with pleasure, profit, and, above all, admiration.' Ramachandra Guha

'For several months now I've been looking forward to the publication of Taj Mahal Foxtrot by Naresh Fernandes. The extracts were fascinating - intensively researched and extremely well written.' Amitav Ghosh

In 1935, a violinist from Minnesota named Leon Abbey brought the first 'all negro' jazz band to Bombay, leaving behind a legacy that would last three decades. In a decade, swing would find its way to the streets of India as it influenced Hindi film music - the very soundtrack of Indian life. The optimism of jazz became an important element in the tunes that echoed the hopes of newly independent India.

This book tells a story of India - and especially of the city of Bombay - through the lives of a menagerie of geniuses, strivers, and eccentrics, both Indian and American, who helped jazz find a home in the sweaty subcontinent. They include the African- American pianist Teddy Weatherford; Goan trumpet player Frank Fernand, whose epiphanic encounter with Mahatma Gandhi drove him to try to give jazz an Indian voice; Chic Chocolate, who was known as the Louis Armstrong of India; and Anthony Gonsalves, who lent his name to one of the most popular Bollywood tunes ever; and many more. Taj Mahal Foxtrot, at its heart, is a history of Bombay in swing time.</span></span>

Author Bio: Naresh Fernandes is a consulting editor at Time Out India. He has previously worked at The Times of India and the Associated Press in Bombay, and The Wall Street Journal in New York. His articles have also appeared in The Hindustan Times, The New York Times, India Magazine, Outlook Traveller, Seminar, Columbia Journalism Review, Letras Libres, and Transition, among other publications. He is the co-author of Bombay Then and Mumbai Now (Roli Books), a photo-led record of the city's historical and contemporary concerns. In 2003, he was the co-editor, along with Jerry Pinto, of Bombay Meri Jaan, an anthology of writing about Bombay. He has also contributed pieces to The Greatest Show on Earth, Indian Mass Media and the Politics of Change, First Proof, Elsewhere, and When Bombay Burned. He is a Poiesis Fellow at the Institute of Public Knowledge at New York University and is on the editorial policy board of the World Policy Journal. Taj Mahal Foxtrot is his first book.

Review 1: 'Fernandes is among the best narrative historians in India today, and his new book is a triumph of storytelling. Taj Mahal Foxtrot's got the beat.'

Source: Suketu Mehta

Review 2: 'The pictures match the words, producing this jewel of a book, which I read with pleasure, profit, and, above all, admiration.'

Source: Ramachandra Guha

Review 3: 'Taj Mahal Foxtrot is musical history as it should be written. It's vivacious, juicy and substantial fare, full of new insights into a little-remembered era in Bombay's jazzy past.'

Source: Kiran Nagarkar

This book was added to South Asia bookstore on Wednesday 05 June, 2013.

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