Music

Don’t Mean a Thing if It Ain’t Got That Swing

Norm doesn’t like Ur-Islamist Sayyid Qutb’s attitude to one of his favourite types of music – jazz:

… a type of music invented by Blacks to please their primitive tendencies – their desire for noise and their appetite for sexual arousal…

Qutb wasn’t the only one not to approve:

Jazz music was offensive to Nazi ideology because it was associated with the American enemy and worse, was often performed by African American (or Jewish) musicians. They called it “nigger music” or “degenerate music”—coined in parallel to “entartete Kunst” (degenerate art).

Perhaps Norm should set up a Manchester branch of the Swingkids:

They organised dance festivals and contests, and invited jazz bands. These events were occasions to mock the Nazis, the military and the Hitlerjugend — hence the famous “Swing heil!”, mocking the infamous “Sieg Heil!”. Swings kids wore long hair, hats, umbrellas and met in cafés and clubs. They developed a jargon mostly made of Anglicisms.

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