If you don’t know much about “Ambassador Satch” and the Cold War era “jam-bassadors”, read on. It’s slightly o-mazing.

At the height of the ideological antagonism of the Cold War, the U.S. State Department unleashed an unexpected tool in its battle against Communism: jazz. From 1956 through the late 1970s, America dispatched its finest jazz musicians to the far corners of the earth, from Iraq to India, from the Congo to the Soviet Union, in order to win the hearts and minds of the Third World and to counter perceptions of American racism.” (Penny M. Von Eschen Satchmo Blows Up the World)

“But what comes across even more strongly in Satchmo Blows Up the World is the flagrant paradox of a marginalized people sent abroad to sing the praises of the very country that marginalized them.” (Brian Morton The Nation)

Check out that citation style.

APA & MLA, eat your confusing hearts out.

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Also, Mr. Phillip Kennedy Johnson is now officially a writer for Musicomic.com.