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Transatlanticism as Dutch National Spectacle: Universalism and Postpolitics at the North Sea Jazz Festival

Transatlanticism as Dutch National Spectacle: Universalism and Postpolitics at the North Sea Jazz... WILLIAM KIRK BARES Transatlanticism as Dutch National Spectacle: Universalism and Postpolitics at the North Sea Jazz Festival Why do people live in New York? There is no relationship between them. Except for an inner electricity which results from the simple fact of their being crowded together. A magical sensation of contiguity and attraction for an artificial centrality. This is what makes it a self-attracting universe, which ther e is no reason to leave. —Jean Baudrillard, America (1986) The memorable travelogue that earned Baudrillard his reputation as a postmodern Alexander de Tocqueville revealed just how persistent the European drive toward transatlantic “othering” remained before the advent of an equally artificial and self- attracting European Union. In the timeworn narrative pattern, Old World “substance” was valorized in and through fearful and fascinating constructions of New World super- ficiality. Given New York’s historic, symbolic, and de facto centrality for the jazz world, it should come as no surprise that this narrative pattern played a significant role in structuring a polarizing transatlantic jazz dis- course during the past century of cultural exchange. Jean-Paul Sartr e’s description of his encounter with New York’s authentic bebop—“hurried Pianist/composer/scholar William Kirk Bares received his Ph.D. in ethnomu- http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png American Music University of Illinois Press

Transatlanticism as Dutch National Spectacle: Universalism and Postpolitics at the North Sea Jazz Festival

American Music , Volume 33 (3) – Jan 14, 2016

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University of Illinois Press
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1945-2349

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WILLIAM KIRK BARES Transatlanticism as Dutch National Spectacle: Universalism and Postpolitics at the North Sea Jazz Festival Why do people live in New York? There is no relationship between them. Except for an inner electricity which results from the simple fact of their being crowded together. A magical sensation of contiguity and attraction for an artificial centrality. This is what makes it a self-attracting universe, which ther e is no reason to leave. —Jean Baudrillard, America (1986) The memorable travelogue that earned Baudrillard his reputation as a postmodern Alexander de Tocqueville revealed just how persistent the European drive toward transatlantic “othering” remained before the advent of an equally artificial and self- attracting European Union. In the timeworn narrative pattern, Old World “substance” was valorized in and through fearful and fascinating constructions of New World super- ficiality. Given New York’s historic, symbolic, and de facto centrality for the jazz world, it should come as no surprise that this narrative pattern played a significant role in structuring a polarizing transatlantic jazz dis- course during the past century of cultural exchange. Jean-Paul Sartr e’s description of his encounter with New York’s authentic bebop—“hurried Pianist/composer/scholar William Kirk Bares received his Ph.D. in ethnomu-

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American MusicUniversity of Illinois Press

Published: Jan 14, 2016

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