The Challenge of the Changing Same: The Jazz Avant-Garde of the 1960s, the Black Aesthetic, and the Black Arts Movement


Robinson focuses on the relationship between writers associated with the Black Arts Movement (including Amiri Baraka, Addison Gayle, Jr., Hoyt Fuller, Larry Neal, Ishmael Reed, and James Stewart) and the experimental jazz of the 1960s. The Black Arts Movement looked to black musical expression as a site of authentic artistic "blackness." Robinson asserts, however, that the literati of this movement may have actually essentialized the black subject and obscured the diverse range of protest originating from the musical arena.

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1960s, African-American poetry, Archie Shepp, Ascension, black artists, Black music, black poetry, Blues People, Cecil Taylor, class, dedication, eulogy, jazz avant-garde, jazz criticism, John Coltrane, new black music, Ornette Coleman, Sun Ra