The most exciting and significant era of popular music was not the ’60s. It wasn’t the ’40s. It wasn’t even the Roaring Twenties. The real revolution took place between 1899 and 1919. In those years the world was shaken by war, ragtime, jazz, modernism, female emancipation and the invention of the entertainment business. Those years saw the greatest shake-up to the established order the world had ever seen and everybody felt it. It affected everything from the monarchies of Europe to the length of a skirt. The World Gone Mad features a fascinating and entertaining selection of the music from this turbulent period.
Part of the Jazz Repertory Company’s 10th-anniversary celebration of its association with Cadogan Hall.