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The propaganda of freedom : JFK, Shostakovich, Stravinsky, and the cultural cold war

The propaganda of freedom : JFK, Shostakovich, Stravinsky, and the cultural cold war / Joseph Horowitz.
Urbana : University of Illinois Press, [2023]
Physical Description
xi, 222 pages ; 24 cm.
"Eloquently extolled by President John F. Kennedy, the idea that only artists in free societies can produce great art became a bedrock assumption of the Cold War. That this conviction defied centuries of historical evidence--to say nothing of achievements within the Soviet Union--failed to impact impregnable cultural Cold War doctrine. Horowitz shows how the efforts of the CIA-funded Congress for Cultural Freedom were distorted by an anti-totalitarian "psychology of exile" traceable to its secretary general, the displaced Russian aristocrat/composer Nicolas Nabokov, and to Nabokov's hero Igor Stravinsky. In counterpoint, Horowitz investigates personal, social, and political factors that actually shape the creative act. He focuses on Stravinsky, who in Los Angeles experienced a "freedom not to matter," and Dmitri Shostakovich, who was both victim and beneficiary of Soviet cultural policies. He also takes a fresh look at cultural exchange and explores paradoxical similarities and differences framing the popularization of classical music in the Soviet Union and the United States. In closing, he assesses the Kennedy administration's arts advocacy initiatives and their pertinence to today's fraught American national identity. Challenging long-entrenched myths, this book newly explores the tangled relationship between the ideology of freedom and ideals of cultural achievement"-- Provided by publisher.
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Online version: Horowitz, Joseph, 1948- Propaganda of freedom Urbana : University of Illinois Press, 2023
Added to Catalog
September 29, 2023
Music in American life.
Music in American life
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Foreword. Why and What
JFK, the Artist, and "Free Societies" : A Cold War Myth
Nicolas Nabokov and the Cultural Cold War
Lines of Battle : The Case for Stravinsky;
The Case against Shostakovich
CIA Cultural Battlegrounds : New York and Paris
Survival Strategies : Stravinsky and Shostakovich
Survival Strategies : Nicolas Nabokov
Cold War Music, East and West
Enter Cultural Exchange
Summing Up : Culture, the State, and the "Propaganda of Freedom"
Afterword. The Arts, National Purpose, and the Pandemic.

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