Come In and Hear the Truth
Jazz and Race on 52nd Street
Come In and Hear the Truth uses a range of materials, from classic photographs to original interviews with musicians, to bring the street’s vibrant history to life and to shed new light on the interracial contacts and collaborations it generated.
“Much has been written about Harlem and Greenwich Village as important cultural spaces for jazz. Patrick Burke takes the conversation on a ride to Midtown—52nd Street. Burke begins at ‘the tangled intersection of ideas about race, gender, labor, and musical practice,’ showing how ‘The Street’ from the thirties became the epicenter of planet jazz for nearly twenty years. This fantastic study provides an unflinching look at America’s fascination with race and money and how it shaped musical styles, social identities, and the cultural industry. Take the ride!”--Guthrie P. Ramsey Jr., author of Race Music: Black Cultures from Bebop to Hip-Hop
“Burke’s social history of New York jazz in a pivotal twenty-year period is at once original, complex, and accessible. He creates a vivid portrait of what it must have been like to live and work in the midst of 52nd Street’s rich musical milieu. An excellent book that marks an important new step in jazz historiography.”