PBS documentary revisits rise of Jazz Age in Paris

There are 7 comments on the Feb 5, 2010, Insight News story titled PBS documentary revisits rise of Jazz Age in Paris. In it, Insight News reports that:

The period between World War I and World War II was marked by a cultural renaissance in Paris when a vibrant community of African-American musicians thrived in a section of the city called Montmartre.

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Since: Jul 07

Baltimore, Md.

#1 Feb 6, 2010
I will defintely check this out tomorrow. I know of the Black Jazz artists in Paris during the 1920s. I know about our writers like James Baldwin and Richard Wright who found more personal and creative freedom in France than they could ever have found in America as creative artists (or simply HUMAN BEINGS) of African descent.
And while I'm not in the least unaware of French racial oppression in her former colonies, I'm sure that if I had to live in any part of the world BEFORE our Civil Rights movement I'd prefer Paris, France.

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Since: Jul 07

Baltimore, Md.

#2 Feb 6, 2010
Well obviously, NOT after the Nazis marched into Paris in 1940. We Blacks were certainly not more popular among the Germans of the Third Reich than we were in racist America.

Even Mississippi would have been preferable to Dauchau
Barros Serrano

Chatham, VA

#3 Feb 6, 2010
That was an incredible time in Paris. Reminiscent of the earlier days when Paris was a center for painters, and you had people like Picasso, Matisse and Degas running around loose.

Gertrude Stein...

I sure wish there was some such artistic/political/cultural scene happening now, but we are in a time of great cultural decline. This is not the 1930's or 1960's or any other decade that had any meaning, I'm afraid.

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#4 May 14, 2012
I saw that documentary. Its a shame when a government tries to restrict people to the point that they can't even choose the music they will hear or play.
Ambiguous

United States

#5 May 14, 2012
I wish I saw that we freaking rule. I used to love PBS until I lost TV. That hi-def BS caused me agony.

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Since: Jul 07

Baltimore, Md.

#6 May 15, 2012
Brainiac2 wrote:
I saw that documentary. Its a shame when a government tries to restrict people to the point that they can't even choose the music they will hear or play.
If I could travel to the past, that period in Montmarte would be at the lost of the list of my preferences.

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Since: Jul 07

Baltimore, Md.

#7 May 15, 2012
Barros Serrano wrote:
That was an incredible time in Paris. Reminiscent of the earlier days when Paris was a center for painters, and you had people like Picasso, Matisse and Degas running around loose.
Gertrude Stein...
I sure wish there was some such artistic/political/cultural scene happening now, but we are in a time of great cultural decline. This is not the 1930's or 1960's or any other decade that had any meaning, I'm afraid.
Ever see the Woody Allen film MIDNIGHT IN PARIS? Set in the time of the "lost generation."

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