Non-lyrical democracy: a rhetorical analysis of Miles Davis' Kind of Blue
This study explores rhetorical connections between jazz music and American democracy as it existed during the late 1950s. Using Sellnow & Sellnow's (2001) 'Illusion of Life' Rhetorical Perspective, this study analyzes the music of Kind of Blue as it connects with the political upheaval of the Civil Rights Movement. It concludes that the incongruity between the political and social tension of the country and the relatively laid-back sound of the music correlates with the non-violent resistance strategies used in the Movement. Implications are drawn about Sellnow & Sellnow's (2001) methodology, jazz music's potential in promoting/maintaining an inclusive democracy, and areas for future study.
School:Kansas State University
School Location:USA - Kansas
Source Type:Master's Thesis
Keywords:rhetoric music jazz democracy 0413 speech communication 0459
Date of Publication:01/01/2008