Prague: Jazzová sekce (Jazz Section), 1982–84. Octavos (22 × 16 cm). Original pictorial wrappers; 623, ; 367, ; and 334,  pp., text reproduced from typescript. Very good. Item #4123
This monumental rock dictionary in three volumes—the work of music journalist and radio producer Josef Vlček (born 1951)—was intended as a resource on foreign groups and per- formers of the past twenty years for underinformed Czech listeners east of the Iron Curtain. As Vlček mentions in the preface, the dictionary is based on ten kilograms of notes he took throughout the 1970s, largely from the few available Western resources. From “A Band Called ‘O’” to “Z. Z. Top,” the two thousand entries include both biographical information and, where possible, discographies. Issued as nos. 12, 19, and 22 of the Jazzpetit series and marked strictly for internal use only. The Jazzpetit was a publication by the Czech Jazz Section, a group of jazz musicians that legally organized within the Czechoslovak Musicians’ Union and gained the right to publish internal bulletins for use of its members. However, until it was forced to close in 1986, the Jazz Section played an important part in counteracting Normalization-era policies by publishing material related not only to music, but unofficial art, theater, and other cultural spheres as well. For more on the Jazz Section, see Social Currents in Eastern Europe, 128ff. KVK, OCLC show copies of the first volume at the Danish Royal Library and full runs only at Toronto and the Czech National Library.