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

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PREFACE

1. Muhal Richard Abrams and John Shenoy Jackson, “Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians,” Black World, November 1973, 72.

2. Ken Burns, “Jazz: A History of America's Music, Episode 10” (2000).

3. “Die Bedeutung und der internationale Ruf der AACM resultierten nicht nur aus ihrer Effektivität im Organisatorischen, sondern vor allem auch aus ihrem musikalischen Ertrag, der aus der Bezeichnung AACM so etwas wie ein Gütezeichen für eine kreative Musik ersten Ranges machte.” Ekkehard Jost, Sozialgeschichte des Jazz in den USA (Frankfurt am Main: Wolke-Verlag, 1991), 215. A first-person account of the AACM is found in Anthony Braxton, Tri-Axium Writings, vol. 1 (Dartmouth: Synthesis/Frog Peak, 1985). Other accounts of the AACM's early activity, philosophies, and musical approaches are to be found in Ekkehard Jost, Free Jazz (New York: Da Capo Press, “1975” 1994); John Litweiler, The Freedom Principle: Jazz after 1958 (New York: Da Capo, 1984); Benjamin Looker, BAG: “Point from Which Creation Begins”: The Black Artists Group of St. Louis. (St. Louis: Missouri Historical Society Press, 2004); Ronald M. Radano, New Musical Figurations: Anthony Braxton's Cultural Critique (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1993); Valerie Wilmer, As Serious As Your Life: The Story of the New Jazz (London and New York: Serpent's Tail, “1977” 1992).

4. Sidney W. Mintz and Richard Price, The Birth of African-American Culture: An Anthropological Perspective (Boston: Beacon Press, 1992), 40.

5. Lydia Goehr, The Imaginary Museum of Musical Works: An Essay in the Philosophy of Music (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1992), 243.

6. Mintz and Price, The Birth of African-American Culture, 43. Emphasis in the original.

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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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