A Power Stronger Than Itself: The AACM and American Experimental Music (Google eBook)

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University of Chicago Press, Sep 15, 2008 - Social Science - 690 pages
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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.

  

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

User Review  - David Keffer - Goodreads

This book serves as a one-of-a-kind historical documentary of the AACM. It provides personal and professional anecdotes of the musicians. It also provides a social analysis of the challenges ... Read full review

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

User Review  - Ben Coleman - Goodreads

Incredibly detailed and soulful accounts make this my favorite music book of all time. Not just because it's about some of my favorite musicians, but an incredible document of grass roots democracy ... Read full review

Contents

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 AACMS NEXT WAVE
259
11 INTO THE THIRD DECADE
439
12 TRANSITION AND REFLECTIONS
481
Afterword
497
List of Interviews Conducted by the Author
515
Selected AACM Recordings
519
Notes
525
Bibliography
601
Index
637

9 THE AACM IN NEW YORK
325
10 THE NEW REGIME IN CHICAGO
389

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About the author (2008)

George E. Lewis is the Edwin H. Case Professor of American Music at Columbia University. A recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship in 2002, Lewis has made over 120 recordings as composer or performer, and his publications on experimental music appear regularly in scholarly and popular journals.

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