Godwin meets Glenn Miller
May 19, 2012 2:28 AM Subscribe
So-called jazz compositions may contain at most 10% syncopation; the remainder must consist of a natural legato movement devoid of the hysterical rhythmic reverses characteristic of the barbarian races and conductive to dark instincts alien to the German people (so-called riffs)The story of Nazi jazz. [Previously.]
One of the more striking episodes from the kulturkrieg of World War II was the German Propaganda Ministry's creation and sponsorship of a Nazi-approved jazz orchestra, consisting of Aryan musicians, called Charlie and His Orchestra. Broadcasting from deep inside Germany, using lyrics written by the Ministry, the band's purpose was to use the American rhythms of jazz as a vehicle for Nazi propaganda. LP recordings of the band's music were also supplied to Allied POWs, who gleefully smashed them. Original recordings can be heard courtesy of WFMU: , .
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