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Documentary Review | Dedicated to Chaos

Dedicated to Chaos (PN 1995.96 .J37 J39 2000 pt.7) is the seventh episode of a ten part series on the history of Jazz. When WWII begins, swing is still the popular music of the time, dominating the charts. At this same time, a new form of Jazz emerges through the young, experimental spirits of Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie. This new music called bebop begins to spread, changing the course of Jazz forever.

This is one of my favorite documentary series of all times. Ken Burns does a fabulous job of portraying the reality of Jazz and its history, as well as the lives of the musicians. It gives a unique, yet important perspective on our country’s history. Jazz was what defined America at that time and unified people during a time of segregation and disunity. It’s captivating and informative; one can’t help but tap their feet to the irresistible music. This is why I rate it 5 out of 5 stars.

Written by: Hannah McBride

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