Between irony and sincerity, Americans today, like their predecessors in the mid-twentieth century, continue to choose both.
Andrew Berish is an Associate Professor in the Department of Humanities and Cultural Studies at the University of South Florida. He holds an M.A. and Ph.D. in Musicology from the University of California, Los Angeles. His book, "Lonesome Roads and Streets of Dreams: Place, Mobility, and Race in Jazz of the 1930s and ’40s" (University of Chicago Press, 2012), examines the ways swing-era jazz represented the geographic and demographic transformations of American life during the Great Depression and Second World War. He has published articles on 1930s “sweet” jazz, guitarist Django Reinhardt, Duke Ellington, and, most recently, 1940s singer Vaughn Monroe (https://doi.org/10.26597/mod.0052). He is currently writing a book on sentimentality, Tin Pan Alley ballads, and American cultural life during the Second World War.