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

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TRANSITION AND REFLECTIONS

New York in Transition

John Stubblefield passed away on July 4, 2005, and a memorial for him was held in late September at St. Peter's Church on Lexington Avenue and 54th Street in his adopted home base of New York City. The previous pastor of St. Peter's, the Reverend John Gensel, had made the church well known for its extensive engagement with jazz events; musicians knew the church and its pastor, and services for musicians were frequently held there, including the memorial for Lester Bowie in 1999. At these times, one line of conversation is inevitable:

“What's happening with so-and-so?”

“Aw man, he passed.”

“What?”

Indeed, a number of AACM musicians have passed away since I began my work on this book—Stub, Lester, Eugene Easton, Joel Brandon, Malachi Thompson, Emanuel Cranshaw, and even the young Ameen Muhammad. I was just hoping that no more would join them before the work was done and in print, so that those who remain and those who have yet to arrive could have the possibility of experiencing this tangible historical evidence of their achievements. The first of the AACM founders to pass away was Steve McCall; his funeral on the South Side of Chicago in May 1989 was attended by hundreds of people, myself among them. In 1992, the drummer Phillip Wilson,

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Preface - The AACM and American Experimentalism ix
  • Acknowledgments xv
  • Introduction - An AACM Book: Origins, Antecedents, Objectives, Methods xxiii
  • Chapter Summaries xxxv
  • 1: Foundations and Prehistory 1
  • 2: New Music, New York 29
  • 3: The Development of the Experimental Band 55
  • 4: Founding the Collective 85
  • 5: First Fruits 115
  • 6: The AACM Takes Off 163
  • 7: Americans in Paris 215
  • 8: The AACM's Next Wave 259
  • 9: The AACM in New York 325
  • 10: The New Regime in Chicago 389
  • 11: Into the Third Decade 440
  • 12: Transition and Reflections 481
  • Afterword 497
  • Appendix A - Interviews Conducted by the Author 515
  • Appendix B - Selected AACM Recordings 519
  • Notes 525
  • Bibliography 601
  • Index 637
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