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Loft Jazz: Improvising New York in the 1970s

by Michael Heller University of California Press
Pub Date:
10/2016
ISBN:
9780520285408
Format:
Hbk 272 pages
Price:
AU$149.00 NZ$153.04
Product Status: Not Our Publication - we no longer distribute
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The New York loft jazz scene of the 1970s was a pivotal period for uncompromising, artist-produced work. Faced with a flagging jazz economy, a group of young avant-garde improvisers chose to eschew the commercial sphere and develop alternative venues in the abandoned factories and warehouses of lower Manhattan. Loft Jazz provides the first book-length study of this period, tracing its history amid a series of overlapping discourses surrounding collectivism, urban renewal, experimentalist aesthetics, underground archives, and the radical politics of self-determination.

List of Illustrations and Table


1. Fragmented Memories and Activist Archives
PART ONE: HISTORIES

2. Influences, Antecedents, Early Engagements
3. The Jazz Loft Era

PART TWO: TRAJECTORIES

4. Freedom
5. Community
6. Space
7. Archive
8. Aftermaths and Legacies

Acknowledgments
Notes
Bibliography
Index

"...Heller’s book is a much-needed reference for further studies into this fascinating subject."
Michael C. Heller is an ethnomusicologist, music historian, and Assistant Professor of Music at the University of Pittsburgh.