Paris Noir Fills A Grievous Gap In The Fascinating History Of American Expatriates Who Chose To Live In Paris In The Twentieth Century Alongside Ernest Hemingway, Gertrude Stein, And Henry Miller Was An Avant Garde And Tightly Knit Community Of African Americans Who Found In Paris The Artistic, Racial, And Emotional Freedom Denied Them Back Home The Writers James Baldwin And Richard Wright The Jazz Musicians Miles Davis, Charlie Parker, Sidney Bechet And The Artists Henry Ossawa Tanner, Lois Mailou Jones, And Jean Michel Basquiat Are Among The Score Of Exiles For Whom Paris Symbolized A Color Blind Society Unlike Their White Compatriots, African Americans In Paris Rejected Not Only American Society, But Also Their Victimized Status In The U.S And While Black And White Americans Inhabited Different Worlds Even In Paris, They Found Meeting Grounds In Such Places As Bricktop S Jazzy Nightclub, Where The Flamboyant Owner Taught Cole Porter To Dance The Charleston As The Historian John Merriman Proclaimed, With Skill And Passion, Stovall Brings This Vibrant Community To Life. Fascinating read I ve always been a bit enad by Black artists, writers, and other creatives who brought the Jazz Age to Paris I also appreciated how the author made the reader aware that even though many were seeking to leave racism behind, France had has its own issues with racism. Richard Wright, James Baldwin, Basquiat Charlie Parker, Miles David just to name some of the most talented and famousamong the Black artists who chose to escapeAmerica s racism and live in Paris.This was afascinating and well written book about animportant time in history. This book describes in great detail the historical trend of groups of African Americans during World War I, World War ll, and post war years After the war several artists, musicians, GI s, and writers spent time in Paris to escape the binds of American racism in the United States The book is divided into the following chapters Freedom Overseas African American soldiers fight the great war, Bringing the Jazz age to Paris, Depression and war Paris in the 1930 s, Life on the left bank, the gol This book describes in great detail the historical trend of groups of African Americans during World War I, World War ll, and po
Dr Stovall traces the presence of African Americans in Paris, France from the Roaring 20 s until the 1990 s Black American jazz musicians were the early migr s who satisfied Parisians rapacious thirst for their new type of music and the dance movements displayed by performers such as Josephine Baker Such entertainments were a balm for French citizens and visitors Royal and work a day after the weariness of both the first and second World Wars Stovall writes this history as if it were a Dr Stovall traces the presence of African Americans in Paris, France from the Roaring 20 s until the 1990 s Black American jazz musicians were the early migr s who satisfied Parisians rapacious thirst for their new type of music and the dance movemen
A very important and super detailed account of Black Americans who found Paris as a great home, starting with the World War 1 years Fascinating history of people like Josephine Baker, the great jazz drummer
Paris Noir is a fantastic deep dive into the lives of African American expats living in Paris during the interwar post WWI, pre WWII period Stovall s writing is a bit dense, but all the stories he packs into this book are fascinating. A fast paced, well researched look at the African American experience of Paris Chock full of entertaining anecdotes, its exploration of the post World War I years is especially engaging.
- 366 pages
- Paris Noir
- Tyler Stovall
- 06 July 2017 Tyler Stovall