The Birth, Life, And Resurrection Of Swing

1673 WordsDec 8, 20167 Pages
The Birth, Life, and Resurrection of Swing The recent increase in attention to Swing dancing has brought along a sense of nostalgia with it. This pleasant dance movement is largely fueled in part by the images of what would be today’s youth grandparents’ time, which have been passed down. The reality of Swing though was that the true Swing Era of 1935 to 1945 occurred during a time unrest, and was filled with racial tension, war, poverty, adolescent unrest, and gender discrimination. In fact, the era of Swing encompasses two of the most historical events of the century for the United States, the Great Depression from 1929-1939, and World War II from 1939-1945. While Swing music is known for having its happy up beat rhythms, and light moods, it cannot be said that the music does not encompass the heaviness of the social, political, and economic undercurrents of its time. The term “Swing” was originally coined not for the dance, but for the music. Swing music was born during the Great Depression, while many bands had been experimenting during the early Roaring Twenties it was suggested that the “…summer of 1929 began the journey toward the summer of 1935 and the official arrival of the Swing Era” (Hennessey, 123). While the Great Depression was a time of increased poverty and unemployment, the formation of big bands was not impacted, during this time there were many available musicians who were looking to work with new bandleaders (Barnet, 44). While bands were able

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