Re-Imagining the Parisian Jazz Map

For my long-term project this semester, I’m revisiting some of the data and source material about jazz and music-hall performances in Paris during the 1920s. At first, I just wanted to tie up lose ends- although I finished a jazz venues map, I still have a lot...

Quenching a Thirst: “Negrophilia” in 1920s Paris

The “Negrophila” that hit Paris during the 1920s is the same phenomenon that hit several western countries in the beginning of the 20th century. As slaves became freed new cultures and styles began to emerge, especially in the music world. These new styles of jazz and...

Negrophilia or Negrophobia?

Looking back at negrophilia in 1920’s Paris makes me slightly sick. This so called “love” and “adoration” of black culture seems no less mocking than when upper class Parisians would go slumming just for the fun of it. They may be...

Negrophilia: Not Love, an Obsession

1920s Parisians did not have a sincere love for African American artists, but rather were crazed by their primitivism. The Parisians did not love them; they were obsessed with them. The word love usually implies a certain level of respect. Parisians in the 1920s were...