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Freedom Is, Freedom Ain't: Jazz and the Making of the Sixties

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In the long decade between the mid-fifties and the late sixties, jazz was changing more than its sound. The age of Max Roach's Freedom Now Suite, John Coltrane's A Love Supreme, and Charles Mingus's The Black Saint and the Sinner Lady was a time when jazz became both newly militant and newly seductive, its example powerfully shaping the social dramas of the Civil Rights movement, the Black Power movement, and the counterculture. Freedom Is, Freedom Ain't is the first book to tell the broader story of this period in jazz--and American--history. The story's central figures are jazz musicians like Coltrane and Mingus, who rewrote the conventions governing improvisation and composition as they sought to infuse jazz with that gritty exuberance known as "soul." Scott Saul describes how these and other jazz musicians of the period engaged in a complex cultural balancing act: utopian and skeptical, race-affirming and cosmopolitan, they tried to create an art that would make uplift into something forceful, undeniable in its conviction, and experimental in its search for new possibilities. Freedom Is, Freedom Ain't considers these musicians and their allies as a cultural front of the Civil Rights movement, a constellation of artists and intellectuals whose ideas of freedom pushed against a cold-war consensus that stressed rational administration and collective security. Capturing the social resonance of the music's marriage of discipline and play, the book conveys the artistic and historical significance of the jazz culture at the start, and the heart, of the sixties.

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In the long decade between the mid-fifties and the late sixties, jazz was changing more than its sound. The age of Max Roach's Freedom Now Suite, John Coltrane's A Love Supreme, and Charles Mingus's The Black Saint and the Sinner Lady was a time when jazz became both newly militant and newly seductive, its example powerfully shaping the social dramas of the Civil Rights movement, the Black Power movement, and the counterculture. Freedom Is, Freedom Ain't is the first book to tell the broader story of this period in jazz--and American--history.

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Honorable Mention, 2004 John Hope Franklin Publication Prize, American Studies Association

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Honorable Mention, 2004 Woody Guthrie Award, US Branch of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music

About the Author

Scott Saul is Assistant Professor of English at the University of California at Berkeley.

University of California at Berkeley

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations

Preface

Introduction: Hard Bop and the Impulse to Freedom

Part One: A New Intellectual Vernacular

1. Birth of the Cool: The Early Career of the Hipster

2. Radicalism by Another Name: The White Negro Meets the Black Negro

Part Two: Redefining Youth Culture

3. Riot on a Summer's Day: White Youth and the Rise of the Jazz Festival

4. The Riot in Reverse: The Newport Rebels, Langston Hughes, and the Mockery of Freedom

Part Three: The Sound of Struggle

5. Outrageous Freedom: Charles Mingus and the Invention of the Jazz Workshop

6. "This Freedom's Slave Cries": Listening to the Jazz Workshop

Part Four: Freedom's Saint

7. The Serious Side of Hard Bop: John Coltrane's Early Dramas of Deliverance

8. Loving A Love Supreme: Coltrane, Malcolm, and the Revolution of the Psyche

Part Five: In and Out of the Whirlwind

9. "Love, Like Jazz, Is a Four Letter Word": Jazz and the Counterculture

10. The Road to "Soul Power": The Many Ends of Hard Bop

Notes

Acknowledgments

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780674018532
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Location:
Cambridge, Massachusetts
Author:
Saul, Scott
Subject:
United States - 20th Century/60s
Subject:
United States - 20th Century
Subject:
Jazz
Subject:
History & Criticism - General
Subject:
Genres & Styles - Jazz
Subject:
Music - Jazz
Subject:
History - United States/20th Century
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
November 2005
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
12 halftones, 2 musical examples
Pages:
408
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 1 in

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"Synopsis" by , In the long decade between the mid-fifties and the late sixties, jazz was changing more than its sound. The age of Max Roach's Freedom Now Suite, John Coltrane's A Love Supreme, and Charles Mingus's The Black Saint and the Sinner Lady was a time when jazz became both newly militant and newly seductive, its example powerfully shaping the social dramas of the Civil Rights movement, the Black Power movement, and the counterculture. Freedom Is, Freedom Ain't is the first book to tell the broader story of this period in jazz--and American--history.
"Synopsis" by , Honorable Mention, 2004 John Hope Franklin Publication Prize, American Studies Association
"Synopsis" by , Honorable Mention, 2004 Woody Guthrie Award, US Branch of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music
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