Aesthetics of Resistance: Charles Mingus and the Civil Rights Movement

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LIT Verlag Münster, 2012 - Social Science - 102 pages
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This book illuminates the various ways in which Charles Mingus's music interacted with the sociocultural movements of the late 1950s and early 1960s. It explores the artist as a pioneer of an idiomatic aesthetics of resistance in jazz music that is rooted in African American traditions and is much more than merely a form of protest. Mingus's music presents a continuous challenge to an unimaginative, streamlined culture built on racism and conformity by openly protesting against it, by questioning its historical foundations, and by exemplifying its countercultural antithesis. (Series: MasteRResearch - Vol. 4)
 

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Contents

Prologue
1
Jazz Protest
19
The Jazz Workshops Countercultural Practice
37
Politics of the Past
73
Epilogue
87
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