What was going on before jazz?

A lot of hanky-panky. In fact, a lot more hanky-panky than most of us can imagine.

That’s where Dale Cockrell comes in.

He helps us visualize the pre-1917 sex-crazed world of “dives” and “black and tans” fueled by live music.

Spoiler alert: Some of our great-grandparents might not have been quite as tame as they’ve been made out to be.

Lots of surprises here including the unlikely birthplace of the man who taught Louis Armstrong how to read music and run a band. (Hint: Not New Orleans.)

Everybody’s Doin’ It: Sex, Music, and Dance in New York, 1840-1917

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– Ken McCarthy
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Patrick Huber and the roots of the roots

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