Activism and Fund-Raising from Birmingham to Black Power


in Freedom Sounds

Published in print December 2007 | ISBN: 9780195128253
Published online January 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199864492 | DOI:
                   Activism and Fund-Raising from Birmingham to Black Power

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Black music, like Black Power, took on multivalent meanings as artists and audiences claimed the symbolic power of jazz for their particular purposes. Within the jazz world, the debate over integration and Black Power was played out in tandem with the aesthetic debate over free jazz. Both revolutionary and cultural nationalists claimed the New Thing as a musical symbol of the transformation of African American consciousness and the ascendancy of Black Power. This chapter shows that the political activism of jazz musicians during the civil rights and Black Power years took a wide variety of forms and included musicians ranging from the most eminent, straight-ahead players, to the prophets of jazz experimentalism.

Keywords: jazz music; jazz musicians; civil rights movement; Black Power; Black music

Chapter.  12813 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: American Music

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