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'Wales Bird: Dylan Thomas and Charlie Parker' / Daniel, Williams

Dylan Thomas: A Centenary Celebration, Pages: 151 - 164

Swansea University Author: Daniel, Williams

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This chapter, drawing on evidence from a range of writers such as Kenneth Rexroth, Amiri Baraka and Al Young, explores the process by which Dylan Thomas and saxophonist Charlie Parker were mythologized in the 1950s. Both Parker and Thomas were imagined to be, and to some extent cultivated images of...

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Published in: Dylan Thomas: A Centenary Celebration
Published: London Bloomsbury 2014
Online Access: http://www.bloomsbury.com/uk/dylan-thomas-9781472903099/
URI: https://cronfa.swan.ac.uk/Record/cronfa25482
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Abstract: This chapter, drawing on evidence from a range of writers such as Kenneth Rexroth, Amiri Baraka and Al Young, explores the process by which Dylan Thomas and saxophonist Charlie Parker were mythologized in the 1950s. Both Parker and Thomas were imagined to be, and to some extent cultivated images of themselves, as wild bohemians, deceiving those ignorant of their meticulous working methods into believing that their art was a spontaneous outpouring. The writers of the 1950s Beat generation emphasized the spontaneity of Thomas and Parker’s art, as this supported their essentially romantic view of allegedly ‘marginal’ or ‘primitive peoples’.
Keywords: Dylan Thomas, Charlie Parker, Jazz, Primitivism, Ethnicity, Beats
College: College of Arts and Humanities
Start Page: 151
End Page: 164