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Free Jazz/Black Power

Philippe Carles and Jean-Louis Comolli


Free Jazz/Black Power is a treatise on the racial and political implications of jazz and jazz criticism published in 1971 by two French jazz critics, Philippe Carles and Jean-Louis Comolli. The goal of the book was to show that the strong and mostly negative reactions provoked by free jazz among classic jazz critics on both sides of the Atlantic could be better understood by analyzing the social, cultural and political origins of jazz itself, exposing its ties to African American culture, history, and the political struggle that was still raging in early 1970s USA. The authors analyze the circ ... More

Keywords: Free Jazz, African American History, Socio-musicology, French Jazz Criticism, Class consciousness

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9781628460391
Published to University Press of Mississippi: May 2016 DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781628460391.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Philippe Carles, author

Jean-Louis Comolli, author
Université Paris-VIII, FEMIS, and Universitat Pompeu Fabra