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To The Great House

Steven L. Isoardi

in The Dark Tree

Published by University of California Press

Published in print April 2006 | ISBN: 9780520245914
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520932241 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520245914.003.0007
To The Great House

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This chapter discusses the status of the Pan Afrikan Peoples Arkestra (PAPA) during the 1970s. It explains how the organization emerged reinvigorated in the mid-1970s with new recruits who had a higher degree of musical training and experience than the previous group as well as a strong commitment to the Arkestra ethos and aesthetic. These new members formed the so-called Great Houses which became community art centers. The Arkestra also became associated with the Immanuel United Church of Christ (IUCC) and its socially conscious minister, the Reverend Edgar Edwards, who offered the church as a regular performance space for more than eight years.

Keywords: Community art centers; Edgar Edwards; church; Great Houses

Chapter.  14812 words. 

Subjects: American Music

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