American Masters

This TV ad shows how bebop wasn't taken seriously

Clip: 08/17/1989 | 1m | Video has closed captioning.

Bebop, a style of jazz developed in the 1940's, changed American music but wasn't taken seriously for much of Charlie Parker's life. This mid-century popcorn television commercial shows how the public's perception of bebop was riddled with stereotypes.

Aired: 08/17/89

Rating: NR

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