[JPL] Nazi rules for jazz performers

Bobby Jackson ftapache1 at sbcglobal.net
Mon Mar 12 03:21:35 EDT 2012

So tell me,  Why is Jazz Struggling to stay on the airwaves today?  Thank our stars for Voice of America's Willis Conover!!!  This is indeed an interesting history lesson....

Bobby Jackson
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On Mar 11, 2012, at 11:59 PM, Lois Gilbert wrote:

> I wonder if they didn't follow the rules in Bohemia and so it became a
> Bohemian Rhapsody
> Lois Gilbert
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> On Sun, Mar 11, 2012 at 11:11 PM, Dr. Jazz <drjazz at drjazz.com> wrote:
>> http://boingboing.net/2012/03/**10/nazi-rules-for-jazz-**performers.html<http://boingboing.net/2012/03/10/nazi-rules-for-jazz-performers.html>
>> Nazi rules for jazz performers
>> By Cory Doctorow at 10:54 pm Saturday, Mar 10
>> Famed Czech radical Josef Skvorecky recently died at 87 in his adopted
>> land of Canada. In the Atlantic, JJ Gould remembers Skvorecky through his
>> memoirs, including a detailed list of the rules for jazz performers during
>> the Nazi occupation. The Reich's Gauleiter for the Nazi Protectorate of
>> Bohemia and Moravia issued a 10-point regulation that Gould calls "the
>> single most remarkable example of 20th-century totalitarian invective
>> against jazz."
>>   1 Pieces in foxtrot rhythm (so-called swing) are not to exceed 20% of
>> the repertoires of light orchestras and dance bands;
>>   2 in this so-called jazz type repertoire, preference is to be given to
>> compositions in a major key and to lyrics expressing joy in life rather
>> than Jewishly gloomy lyrics;
>>   3 As to tempo, preference is also to be given to brisk compositions
>> over slow ones so-called blues); however, the pace must not exceed a
>> certain degree of allegro, commensurate with the Aryan sense of discipline
>> and moderation. On no account will Negroid excesses in tempo (so-called hot
>> jazz) or in solo performances (so-called breaks) be tolerated;
>>   4 so-called jazz compositions may contain at most 10% syncopation; the
>> remainder must consist of a natural legato movement devoid of the
>> hysterical rhythmic reverses characteristic of the barbarian races and
>> conductive to dark instincts alien to the German people (so-called riffs);
>>   5 strictly prohibited is the use of instruments alien to the German
>> spirit (so-called cowbells, flexatone, brushes, etc.) as well as all mutes
>> which turn the noble sound of wind and brass instruments into a
>> Jewish-Freemasonic yowl (so-called wa-wa, hat, etc.);
>>   6 also prohibited are so-called drum breaks longer than half a bar in
>> four-quarter beat (except in stylized military marches);
>>   7 the double bass must be played solely with the bow in so-called jazz
>> compositions;
>>   8 plucking of the strings is prohibited, since it is damaging to the
>> instrument and detrimental to Aryan musicality; if a so-called pizzicato
>> effect is absolutely desirable for the character of the composition, strict
>> care must be taken lest the string be allowed to patter on the sordine,
>> which is henceforth forbidden;
>>   9 musicians are likewise forbidden to make vocal improvisations
>> (so-called scat);
>>   10 all light orchestras and dance bands are advised to restrict the use
>> of saxophones of all keys and to substitute for them the violin-cello, the
>> viola or possibly a suitable folk instrument.
>> Josef Skvorecky on the Nazis' Control-Freak Hatred of Jazz (via JWZ)
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