Table of contents for A power stronger than itself : the AACM and American experimental music / George E. Lewis.

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Preface: The AACM and American Experimentalism
Introduction: An AACM Book: Origins, Antecedents, Objectives, Methods
Chapter Summaries

Chapter 1: Foundations and Prehistory
Coming North: From Great Migration to Great Depression
Early Musical Experiences
Improvisation and Autodidacticism in 1950s Chicago
The End of an Era

Chapter 2: New Music, New York
Cultures of Spontaneity: Integrationism and the Two Avant-Gardes
Beyond a Bebop Boundary: The Challenge of New Music
Critical Responses: Anger, Noise, Failure
A Far Cry from New York: Segregation and Chicago Music

Chapter 3: The Development of the Experimental Band
Alternative Pedagogies of Experimental Music
Eyes on the Sparrow: The First New Chicagoans

Chapter 4: Founding the Collective
Urban Decline and the Turn to Communitarianism
Born on the Kitchen Table: Conceiving the Association
Naming Ceremony: Black Power and Black Institutions

Chapter 5: First Fruits
The First Year: Concerts, Critics, and Issues
New Arrivals and the University of Chicago
Travel, Recording, and Intermedia
Memories of the Sun: The AACM and Sun Ra

Chapter 6: The AACM Takes Off
The Black Arts Movement in Chicago
New Arrivals and New Ideas
The AACM School
Performing and Self-Determination
Cultural Nationalism in Postmodern Transition

Chapter 7: Americans in Paris
Conceiving the World Audience
Le Nouveau Paris Noir: Collectivity, Competition, and Excitement
The Politics of Culture: Black Power and May 1968
Die Emanzipation: The Rise of European Free Improvisation

Chapter 8: The AACM’s Next Wave
More from the Midwest: The Black Artists Group
New Elbows on the Table: The AACM’s Second Wave
Ten Years After: The Association Comes of Age

Chapter 9: The AACM in New York
Migration and Invasion
Europe and the Lofts
Beyond a Binary: The AACM and the Crisis in Criticism
Diversity and Its Discontents: New American Music after the Jazz Age

Chapter 10: The New Regime in Chicago
Generational Shifts in the Collective
The Two Cultures and a New Chapter
Form and Funding: Philanthropy and Black Music in the 1970s
Strains, Swirls, and Splits

Chapter 11: Into the Third Decade
The 1980s: Canons and Heterophony
Great Black Music: The Local and the Global
Leading the Third Wave: The New Women of the AACM

Chapter 12: Transition and Reflections
New York in Transition
Chicago in Reflection
J’ai deux amours . . .

The Way of the Arranger
The Individual
The Book
Expansion and Sacrifice
Boxing with Tradition
Contemplating the Post-jazz Continuum

Appendix A: List of Interviews Conducted by the Author
Appendix B: Selected AACM Recordings


Library of Congress subject headings for this publication:
Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians -- History.
African American jazz musicians -- Illinois -- Chicago.
Avant-garde (Music) -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Jazz -- History and criticism.