Are You Hep?

In 1939, the word hepster was used by Cab Calloway in the title of his Hepster’s Dictionary, which defines hep cat as “a guy who knows all the answers, understands jive”. In 1944, pianist Harry Gibson modified this to hipster[2] in his short glossary “For Characters Who Don’t Dig Jive Talk,” published in 1944 with the album Boogie Woogie In Blue, featuring the self-titled hit “Handsome Harry the Hipster”.[3] The entry for hipsters defined them as “characters who like hot jazz.”

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