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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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A Jackson in Your House

A Jackson in Your House

(p.81) 4 A Jackson in Your House
Message to Our Folks

Paul Steinbeck

University of Chicago Press

Chapter 4 examines A Jackson in Your House, the first of fifteen albums the Art Ensemble of Chicago recorded in Europe. A Jackson in Your House brilliantly illustrates the band’s innovations in intermedia performance. On the album’s A-side, the musicians use verbal commentary and dramatic scenarios to address a number of political and cultural issues—notably the reception of black experimental music, including their own. However, on the B-side, they take a different approach, blending music with poetry and theater to create the kinds of vibrant soundscapes that Paris audiences found so compelling.

Keywords:   A Jackson in Your House, Art Ensemble of Chicago, experimental music, Europe, intermedia, Paris, politics, poetry, theater

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