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Message to Our Folks: The Art Ensemble of Chicago

Paul Steinbeck


Message to Our Folks is the first book about the Art Ensemble of Chicago, one of the most influential groups in jazz and experimental music. Unlike many texts in jazz studies and improvisation studies, Message to Our Folks combines musical analysis with historical inquiry. The book offers a detailed history of the Art Ensemble, from its 1966 founding on Chicago’s South Side to its final performances in the 2010s. But the book’s greatest contribution to music theory (and a range of other disciplines) may be its analyses of the Art Ensemble’s performances. Message to Our Folks proposes a new the ... More

Keywords: AACM, Art Ensemble of Chicago, Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians, composition, experimental music, improvisation, intermedia, jazz, social model, social practices

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780226375960
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2017 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226376011.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Paul Steinbeck, author
Washington University in St. Louis