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

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

by George E. Lewis
     
 

ISBN-10: 0226476960

ISBN-13: 9780226476964

Pub. Date: 10/15/2009

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

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

Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780226476964
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
10/15/2009
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
728
Sales rank:
664,382
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.70(d)

Table of Contents

Preface: The AACM and American Experimentalism 
Introduction: An AACM Book: Origins, Antecedents, Objectives, Methods 
Chapter Summaries 
Acknowledgments 

Chapter 1: Foundations and Prehistory
 Coming North: From Great Migration to Great Depression 
 Early Musical Experiences 
 Improvisation and Autodidacticism in 1950s Chicago 
 The End of an Era 

Chapter 2: New Music, New York 
 Cultures of Spontaneity: Integrationism and the Two Avant-Gardes 
 Beyond a Bebop Boundary: The Challenge of New Music 
 Critical Responses: Anger, Noise, Failure 
 A Far Cry from New York: Segregation and Chicago Music 

Chapter 3: The Development of the Experimental Band 
 Alternative Pedagogies of Experimental Music 
 Eyes on the Sparrow: The First New Chicagoans 

Chapter 4: Founding the Collective 
 Urban Decline and the Turn to Communitarianism 
 Born on the Kitchen Table: Conceiving the Association 
 Naming Ceremony: Black Power and Black Institutions 

Chapter 5: First Fruits 
 The First Year: Concerts, Critics, and Issues 
 New Arrivals and the University of Chicago 
 Travel, Recording, and Intermedia 
 Memories of the Sun: The AACM and Sun Ra 

Chapter 6: The AACM Takes Off 
 The Black Arts Movement in Chicago 
 New Arrivals and New Ideas 
 The AACM School 
 Performing and Self-Determination 
 Cultural Nationalism in Postmodern Transition 

Chapter 7: Americans in Paris 
 Conceiving the World Audience 
 Le Nouveau Paris Noir: Collectivity, Competition, and Excitement 
 The Politics of Culture: Black Power and May 1968 
 Die Emanzipation: The Rise of European Free Improvisation 
 Homecoming 

Chapter 8: The AACM’s Next Wave 
 More from the Midwest: The Black Artists Group 
 New Elbows on the Table: The AACM’s Second Wave 
 Ten Years After: The Association Comes of Age 

Chapter 9: The AACM in New York 
 Migration and Invasion 
 Europe and the Lofts 
 Beyond a Binary: The AACM and the Crisis in Criticism 
 Diversity and Its Discontents: New American Music after the Jazz Age 

Chapter 10: The New Regime in Chicago 
 Generational Shifts in the Collective 
 The Two Cultures and a New Chapter 
 Form and Funding: Philanthropy and Black Music in the 1970s 
 Strains, Swirls, and Splits 

Chapter 11: Into the Third Decade 
 The 1980s: Canons and Heterophony 
 Great Black Music: The Local and the Global 
 Leading the Third Wave: The New Women of the AACM 

Chapter 12: Transition and Reflections 
 New York in Transition 
 Chicago in Reflection 
 J’ai deux amours . . . 

Afterword 
 The Way of the Arranger 
 The Individual 
 The Book 
 Expansion and Sacrifice 
 Boxing with Tradition 
 Regrets 
 Survival 
 Contemplating the Post-jazz Continuum 
 Atmospheres 
 Futures 

Appendix A: List of Interviews Conducted by the Author 
Appendix B: Selected AACM Recordings 

Bibliography 
Notes 
Index

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