Bop Apocalypse : Jazz, Race, the Beats, and Drugs, Hardback Book

Bop Apocalypse : Jazz, Race, the Beats, and Drugs Hardback


Bop Apocalypse, a narrative history from master storyteller Martin Torgoff, details the rise of early drug culture in America by weaving together the disparate elements that formed this new segment of the American fabric. Channeling his decades of writing experience, Torgoff connects the birth of jazz in New Orleans, the first drug laws, Louis Armstrong, Mezz Mezzrow, the Federal Bureau of Narcotics, swing, Lester Young, Billie Holliday, the Savoy Ballroom, Reefer Madness, Charlie Parker, the birth of bebop, the rise of the Beat Generation, and the coming of heroin to Harlem. Having spent a lifetime immersed in the world where music and drugs overlap, Torgoff reveals material that is completely new and has never been disclosed before, not even in his own litany of work.

Bop Apocalypse is truly a new and fresh contribution to the understanding of jazz, race, and drug culture.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 448 pages, 16 pages black-&-white photos
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  • Category: Jazz
  • ISBN: 9780306824753

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