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A Power Stronger Than Itself: The AACM and American Experimental Music

A Power Stronger Than Itself: The AACM and American Experimental Music

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Founded in 1965 and still active today, the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM) is an American institution with an international reputation. George E. Lewis, who joined the collective as a teenager in 1971, establishes the full importance and vitality of the AACM with this communal history, written with a symphonic sweep that draws on a cross-generational chorus of voices and a rich collection of rare images.

Moving from Chicago to New York to Paris, and from founding member Steve McCall’s kitchen table to Carnegie Hall, A Power Stronger Than Itself uncovers a vibrant, multicultural universe and brings to light a major piece of the history of avant-garde music and art.

Founded in 1965 and still active today, the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM) is an American institution with an international reputation. George E. Lewis, who joined the collective as a teenager in 1971, establishes the full importance and vitality of the AACM with this communal history, written with a symphonic sweep that draws on a cross-generational chorus of voices and a rich collection of rare images.

Moving from Chicago to New York to Paris, and from founding member Steve McCall’s kitchen table to Carnegie Hall, A Power Stronger Than Itself uncovers a vibrant, multicultural universe and brings to light a major piece of the history of avant-garde music and art.

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Publish date: Jan 1, 1976
Added to Scribd: Dec 03, 2009
Copyright:Traditional Copyright: All rights reservedISBN:9780226477039
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This is a great book. It is a big book and has different aspects. Part of it is a history of the musicians who created and have become members of the AACM. This includes biographical & musical sketches of a large number of musicians. Part of it is a polemic on the critical role of Black experimental musicians in the development of modern music. It includes analysis of the racial components in the classifications of music & musicians. But there is lots more in it too, including an analysis of the role of musicians in Chicago & how that differs from New York. Some of the content is very academic, and other parts are very accessible. This book should be read by anybody interested in music composition & improvisation, in the role of the collective in music, in the history of music, in the history of Chicago...and even by anybody who is interested in jazz.
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