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Bop Apocalypse, a narrative history from master storyteller Martin Torgoff, details the rise of early drug culture in America by weaving together the disparate elements that formed this new segment of the American fabric. Channeling his decades of writing experience, Torgoff connects the birth of jazz in New Orleans, the first drug laws, Louis Armstrong, Mezz Mezzrow, the Federal Bureau of Narcotics, swing, Lester Young, Billie Holliday, the Savoy Ballroom, Reefer Madness, Charlie Parker, the birth of bebop, the rise of the Beat Generation, and the coming of heroin to Harlem. Having spent a lifetime immersed in the world where music and drugs overlap, Torgoff reveals material that is completely new and has never been disclosed before, not even in his own litany of work. Bop Apocalypse is truly a new and fresh contribution to the understanding of jazz, race, and drug culture.
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Through this history of drugs Martin Torgoff presents a fascinating social history of America over the last sixty years and shows how the use (and misuse) of drugs have shaped a nation.
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"Torgoff reveals material that has never been disclosed before."--East Bay Express "Martin Torgoff's 'Bop Apocalypse: Jazz, Race, The Beats, and Drugs' is an addictive look at America's early drug use...and the music that went with it."--The Entertainment Report "Luridly entertaining."--Publishers Weekly "It is a bold and fascinating book...incredibly evocative...vivid...well-researched...entertaining...enjoyable for anyone interested in jazz or the Beats."--Beatdom "Astutely reported...compellingly written...Torgoff cuts between scenes with the skill of a consummate filmmaker...A sometimes harrowing but essential read." --Buffalo News "[Torgoff] follows the birth of jazz in New Orleans, its development as the original soundtrack for drop-offs and underworld underlings, and its eventual progeny, the Beat generation."--The New Yorker "[C]lear-eyed... illuminating and entertaining."--Spectrum Culture "[A] fascinating book - part musical and literary biography and part fast-moving sociological treatise...Bop Apocalypse is kind of three books in one as Torgoff weaves the narrative strands that bring the whole story together. Dig it, readers."--Houston Press "Torgoff has written the first authentic history of how drugs became part of American culture...highly readable...fascinating." --Washington BookReview "An intriguing look at the early rise of American drug culture and its relationship to the Beat poets and jazz."--People magazine A comprehensive and compassionate account of the intersections of jazz, race, and drugs in mid-20th-century America...from first page to last...Torgoff's descriptions of the music are excellent...Listen and read and weep. A textured story of human hope and hopelessness, of artistry that blossomed in the most daunting and, in some cases, demeaning circumstances. --Kirkus "An engrossing tale... Bop Apocalypse benefits greatly from a narrowed focus. There are a lot of stories to tell, and Torgoff does a masterful job of telling them." --PopMatters "[A] wide-ranging stud[y]."--American Literary Scholarship "Bop Apocalypse dissects how American drug culture was born and how it shaped American music...Torgoff seamlessly weaves one decade into the next." --Memphis Flyer
Martin Torgoff has been at the forefront of major media trends and cultural currents for more than thirty years, documenting and telling the story of America through the evolution of its popular culture as an award-winning journalist, award-winning and bestselling author, documentary filmmaker, and Emmy-nominated television writer, director, and producer. His book American Fool: The Roots and Improbable Rise of John "Cougar" Mellencamp was the recipient of the ASCAP Foundation Deems Taylor Award. He is also the author of Can't Find My Way Home: America in the Great Stoned Age, 1945-2000. Today Torgoff applies his understanding of American pop culture to projects that include articles, books, film, television, lectures, multimedia events, and advertising/promotion.