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Dan Burley's Jive
Edited by Thomas Aiello
“This book is a gem, and its reprinting highlights the contributions of one of the most creative and socially-conscious wordsmiths in American history.” —H. Samy Alim, UCLA, author of Roc the Mic Right: The Language of Hip Hop Culture
“By making this material available, readers will have a strong guide to understanding references to this language in a variety of media.” —Steven C. Tracy, University of Massachusetts
This retro volume combines two brilliant and long out-of-print books, Dan Burley’s Original Handbook of Harlem Jive (1944) and Diggeth Thou? (1959) by Dan Burley, with an introduction by Thomas Aiello. Burley was a journalist and sportswriter who worked for various African American newspapers and magazines, including the Chicago Defender, Chicago Crusader, New York New Amsterdam News, Jet, and Ebony in both Chicago and New York in the 1920s through the 1950s. Although he did not invent jive, throughout the 1940s Burley’s Handbook fostered it, popularized it, and broadened its use beyond the cloister of the jazz community. Jive acted as an invisible conduit between the new urban linguistics and the inevitably square world.
(2009)220 pp., 20 illus.
Thomas Aiello is a visiting professor of history at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.
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