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Paul Steinbeck

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780226375960

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226376011.001.0001

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The Art Ensemble of Paris

The Art Ensemble of Paris

(p.61) 3 The Art Ensemble of Paris
Message to Our Folks

Paul Steinbeck

University of Chicago Press

Chapter 3 focuses on the Art Ensemble’s Paris debut in the summer of 1969. The Chicagoans were an overnight success, rapidly finding performance opportunities, recording contracts, and enthusiastic audiences. Paris-based critics also embraced the Art Ensemble, although their reviews often emphasized the actual and imagined political content of the band’s music, reflecting concurrent debates on colonialism and Vietnam, as well as enduring misrepresentations of black performance in France. During this pivotal period, the musicians began practicing cooperative economics, sharing all earnings and expenses, a practice that became the foundation of their social model. Cooperation helped the group members thrive in their new surroundings, and they commemorated the partnership by renaming their band the Art Ensemble of Chicago.

Keywords:   Art Ensemble of Chicago, cooperation, cooperative economics, critics, France, Paris, politics, social model, social practices

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