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Joel Dinerstein

Joel Dinerstein is the author of four books on race, cool, music, and American culture, including The Origins of Cool in Postwar America (2017), Coach: A Study of NY Cool (Rizzoli 2016), and a cultural history of big-band jazz, Swinging the Machine: Modernity, Technology, and African-American Culture (2003). He was the curator of American Cool (2014), an acclaimed exhibit at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington DC, and the author of its exhibit catalogue. He has served as a consultant for jazz and popular music for HBO's Boardwalk Empire, the NEH (National Endowment for the Humanities), and Putumayo Records. He is Professor of English and American Studies at Tulane University.