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Freedom Sounds: Civil Rights Call Out to Jazz and Africa

Ingrid Monson


An insightful examination of the impact of the Civil Rights Movement and African Independence on jazz in the 1950s and 60s, this book traces the complex relationships among music, politics, aesthetics, and activism through the lens of the hot button racial and economic issues of the time. It illustrates how the contentious and soul-searching debates in the Civil Rights, African Independence, and Black Power movements shaped aesthetic debates and exerted a moral pressure on musicians to take action. Throughout, its arguments show how jazz musicians' quest for self-determination as artists and h ... More

Keywords: Civil Rights Movement, African Independence, Black Power, desegregation, Federation of Musicians, benefit concerts, jazz tours, African diasporic aesthetics, racism, authenticity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780195128253
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195128253.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ingrid Monson, author
Harvard University