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State Fair Coliseum.

State Fair Coliseum. (vintage postcard, public domain)

When looking at the intersection of popular culture and history, hindsight is very easy. It seems so obvious now that if they hadn't existed something featuring some of their qualities would have morphed together. Happily, that doesn't detract from all the many things they were: hip, global, willing to change your perception of them radically.

Count Basie recorded an album of their music.