“Theft! A history of music”

Attention music history and or copyright nerds:  check out Theft! A History of Music, a graphic novel laying out a 2000 year long history of musical borrowing from Plato to rap. It is available  for free download under a Creative Commons license.

The excerpt below talks about some of the early reaction to jazz, which  was not always well-received.  Etude, a music magazine in the ’20s had an entire edition devoted to the “jazz problem” in which  jazz was described as “a collection of squeals and squawks and wails.”  Learn about this and other interesting episodes from the history of music in Theft!



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