The Music of the Great Depression: How a Nation in crisis Became a Musicians' Opportunity

Grades: 6 - 12
Prior to the start of the Great Depression in 1929, the recording industry was booming, having sold approximately 100 million records in 1927. By 1932 that number had dropped to six million. Hard times led audiences to seek distraction and solace at clubs and dance halls, where jazz and swing were gaining popularity. In "The Music of the Great Depression" explore the music of the 1920's and 30's and learn how the music industry and musicians both suffered and thrived during this tumultuous period of American history.