Friday, January 21, 2011

'Who Wouldn't Love' 1920s fashion?

This clip features photos and illustrations of 1925 fashion, accompanied by the Coon-Sanders Nighthawks - an irresistible combination.

Technology often falls well short of making our lives better (as anyone who has sat through an ineffectual PowerPoint presentation will attest), but YouTube videos like this one are especially effective at situating the music we love within its social and historical context. As a musician who knew nothing of the 1920s and 30s when he heard the sounds of early jazz, this is a valuable medium - I can gain an appreciation of 1920s fashion, but also understand a little more about how the world that created 'my' music felt and looked.

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