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The Pluralism Paradigm 1970–1974

Amy C. Beal

in New Music, New Allies

Published by University of California Press

Published in print July 2006 | ISBN: 9780520247550
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520932814 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520247550.003.0007
The Pluralism Paradigm 1970–1974

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This chapter examines how new American music became entangled in an ideological search for music that reflected and encouraged social interaction and global concerns during the volatile years of the Vietnam War. It explains that this period witnessed the explosion of multimedia and boundary-crossing festivals that contributed to the breakdown in stylistic purity in new composition. In addition, free jazz, rock music, live electronics, minimalism and world music cultures, intermingled and attracted an untapped audience base.

Keywords: American music; social interaction; global concerns; Vietnam War; stylistic purity; free jazz; rock music; live electronics

Chapter.  15787 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Musicology and Music History

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