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Author Fosler-Lussier, Danielle, 1969- author

Title Music in America's Cold War diplomacy / Danielle Fosler-Lussier
Published Oakland, California : University of California Press, [2015]
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Description 1 online resource : illustrations
Series California studies in 20th-century music ; no. 18
California studies in 20th-century music ; 18
Contents Introduction : instruments of diplomacy -- Classical music and the mediation of prestige -- Classical music as development aid -- Jazz in the cultural presentations program -- African American ambassadors abroad and at home -- Portraying America's religious heritage -- The double-edged diplomacy of popular music -- Music, media, and cultural relations between the United States and the Soviet Union -- Conclusion : music, mediated diplomacy, and globalization
Summary "During the Cold War, thousands of musicians from the United States traveled the world under the sponsorship of the U.S. State Department's Cultural Presentations program. Using archival documents and newly collected oral histories, this study illuminates the reception of these musical events, for the practice of musical diplomacy on the ground sometimes differed substantially from what the department's planners envisioned. Performances of music in many styles--classical, rock 'n' roll, folk, blues, and jazz--were meant to compete with traveling Soviet and Chinese artists, enhancing the reputation of American culture. These concerts offered large audiences evidence of America's improving race relations, excellent musicianship, and generosity toward other peoples. Most important, these performances also built meaningful connections with people in other lands. Through personal contacts and the media, musical diplomacy created subtle musical, social, and political relationships on a global scale. Although these tours were sometimes conceived as propaganda ventures, their most important function was the building of imagined and real relationships, which constitute the essence of soft power"--Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject United States. Department of State. Cultural Presentations Program -- History -- 20th century.
Arts and diplomacy -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Music and globalization -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Music in intercultural communication -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Communist countries -- Foreign relations -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
United States -- Cultural policy -- History -- 20th century.
United States -- Foreign relations -- Communist countries -- History -- 20th century.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0520284135
0520959787 (electronic bk.)
9780520959781 (electronic bk.)