Jazz has never been simply music. From its very inception, jazz has been imbued with social meaning. This is what makes this kind of music an interesting field of study not only for the music historian, but also for the sociologist and the cultural historian. This title deals with this music.
Gertrud Pickhan is Professor of East-Central European History at the Institute for East European Studies at Freie Universitat Berlin. Rudiger Ritter has graduated in History of East and East Central Europe and Musicology. Both conduct a research project at Freie Universitat Berlin on Jazz under State Socialism.