A Brief History Of # 1949

Part of my longtime project A Brief History Of which wants to explore the 20th century culture. As an open curatorial project it grows rhizomatically in various directions. Since 2009 I am assembling a list of works by composers, musicians, writers, philosophers, artists, filmmakers, choreographers and photographers. Next to popular stuff with high artistic impact you´ll find more unknown pieces of avantgarde origin, high next to so called low culture. Gradually the works should be described, interviews should be held and correlations should be researched. Although this project actually must be a work in progress it shall merge into a book and a film.

This is (so far)…


THEODOR W. ADORNO, Philosophie der neuen Musik

ALDO LEOPOLD, A Sand County Almanac (posthumous; environmental ethics)

KONRAD Z. LORENZ, Er redete mit dem Vieh, den Vögeln und den Fischen: King Solomon´s Ring

GEORGE ORWELL, Nineteen Eighty-four

OLIVIER MESSIAEN, Mode de valeurs et d’intensités (first serial piece)

LENNIE TRISTANO, Intuition / Disgression (completely improvised recordings)

MILES DAVIS, Birth of the Cool (released 1957)

MOONDOG, Snaketime Rhythm (first Single/ 1949-50)

CHARLIE PARKER, Live At The Roost: Vol 1-4 (1948-49)

Recorded: WMCA radio broadcast „Royal Roost“, New York City, NY December 18, 1948

FATS NAVARRO, The Fabulous Fats Navarro, Vol. 1 (1947-49)

from the album „The fabulous Fats Navarro Vol.2“  
Recorded in New York City on October 11th, 1948 at the Harry Smith Studio.

THE JAZZ SCENE, Compilation by Norman Granz (1946-49; Ellington, Hawkins, Powell, Parker, Young a.o.)


Honeymoon 1948 (from the series Japan)

ROBERT DOISNEAU, La Banlieue de Paris



SIDNEY PETERSON, The Lead Shoes (american surrealistic work)

ROBERT ROSSEN, All the King´s Men

CAROL REED, The Third Man


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