Baz Luhrmann, the director responsible for the most recent cinematic incarnation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, has a knack for compiling amazing soundtracks…and this one is no exception. The film is full of dazzling shots of confetti tumbling through the air onto throngs of merry revelers, accompanied by thundering, contemporary R&B beats and swinging 1920s jazz. The soundtrack, though excellent it is (with stunning contributions by Jay Z, Beyoncé with André 3000, The xx, Lana del Ray, and many others), focuses more on contemporary music and may not satiate your urgent need to do the Charleston in your living room.
Here are a few excellent box sets and compilations in our collection to help you out with that…
- The Roaring Twenties (4 disc boxed set)
- The Roaring Twenties (1 disc compilation)
- Nipper’s Greatest Hits: The 20s
- New York Jazz in the Roaring Twenties, Volume 1, Volume 2 & Volume 3
- Hothouse Stomp: The Music of the 1920s, Chicago & Harlem
- Hot Jazz in the Twenties, Volume 1 & Volume 2
- The Music of Prohibition
- Hot Jazz 1928-1930
- RCA Victor 80th Anniversary Volume 1, 1917-1929
- Yes Sir, That’s My Baby: The Golden Years of Tin Pan Alley, 1920-1929
- I’ll Dance ‘Till De Sun Breaks Through: Ragtime, Cakewalks & Stomps from 1898-1923
Listen to This! is a weekly music column by Popular Library Music Geek/Reference Librarian Steve Kemple, featuring off-the-beaten-path music from the library’s collection. It is also a twice-monthly listening program held every 2nd and 4th Wednesday night at 7pm in the Popular Library Department at the Main Library.
Experimental Music at the Library: The GIF