Sex, Jazz & the Bawdy Blues

By | July 23, 2012

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This week it’s an hour of sex, jazz and the bawdy side of the blues. We’ll talk with our historian Lewis Porter about the blues’ racy reputation during the 1920s and 30s, and explore the role New Orleans’ turn of the century Red Light District played in shaping the music. And we’ll take a look at how jazz helped spark one of the 20th century’s first great sexual revolutions, and get to know one of the music’s true sex symbols: French singer Serge Gainsbourg. (59:00)

Photo: Serge Gainsbourg with Jane Birkin


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