Dan Burley's Jive (Paperback)Thomas Aiello (editor)
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This retro volume combines two brilliant and long out-of-print books, Dan BurleyAEs 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 BurleyAEs 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.
BurleyAEs goal was to inform readers about this new language, as well as to entertain. Dan BurleyAEs Original Handbook of Harlem Jive offers a history of and definition for jive, followed by examples of folktales, poetry, and Shakespeare \u201ctranslated\u201d into jive. The work also includes a jive glossary for easy reference. Burley followed up the success of the Handbook with Diggeth Thou?, which includes more stories told in jive. These rare books sparkle with wit and humor and offer a flashback to the world of New YorkAEs and ChicagoAEs hepcats and chicks. AielloAEs work will allow BurleyAEs fascinating take on jive to reach a new generation of readers and scholars.
Publisher: Northern Illinois University Press
Number of pages: 220
Weight: 322 g
Dimensions: 216 x 140 x 18 mm
""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"