Prague: Jazzova sekce (Jazz Section), 1972-1980. Quartos (29 × 20.7 cm). Original pictorial and photo-illustrated wrappers; between 8 and 140 pp. per issue (a few double issues). Numerous photographic reproductions throughout the issues. Overall a very good set.
Complete run of this Czech samizdat journal devoted to Czechoslovak and international Jazz performers and related topics, published from April 1972 until June 1980. Until its forced closure in 1986, the Jazz Section of the operated in a legal “gray zone”: it played an important part in counteracting strict Normalization cultural policies by publishing material related not only to music, but also to unofficial art and theater. The present series was the most exhaustive forum for discussions of contemporary music. The first issue describes the founding of the Jazz Section, and states it to be in continuation with earlier "progressive traditions of Jazz at home." With rich information on music festivals, performances, record releases, both in Czechoslovakia and abroad. Many issues feature photographs of performers on the wrappers, as well as large format black and white photographs throughout, in addition to occasional musical notations reproduced within. Aside from well-known jazz performers, the journal also discusses Frank Zappa, Santana, and Led Zeppelin, as well as related issues such as jazz and ethnicity; unofficial music in Soviet Russia; and jazz in film and cinema. For more on the Jazz Section, see ‘Social Currents in Eastern Europe,’ pp. 128. The head of the Jazz Section, Karel Srp, served as editor of the present series. The overall design was by Josef Skalník.
An immensely rich resource and rare: as of November 2019, KVK and OCLC only show three holdings in North America, none of which appear to be complete runs and in two cases only comprise one to two issues. Book ID: 50328