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As Serious As Your Life - Black Music and the Free Jazz Revolution, 1957-1977

As Serious As Your Life - Black Music and the Free Jazz Revolution, 1957-1977

Val Wilmer

Serpent's Tail / Profile Books

2018

Paperback

9781788160711

20 x 13 x 2.7

432 pages

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An essential masterpiece of jazz history by renowned photographer and music historian, with a new foreword by Richard Williams

In this classic account of the new black music of the 1960s and 70s, celebrated photographer and jazz historian Val Wilmer tells the story of how a generation of revolutionary musicians established black music as the true vanguard of American culture.

Placing the achievements of African-American artists such as Albert Ayler, Ornette Coleman, John Coltrane and Sun Ra in their broader political and social context, Wilmer evokes an era of extraordinary innovation and experimentation that continues to inspire musicians today.

As vital now as when it was first published in 1977, As Serious As Your Life is the essential story of one of the most dynamic musical movements of the twentieth century.

Val Wilmer is a music historian who has been documenting African-American music since 1959. She has written several books on the subject and documented her life in jazz in her autobiography – Mama Said There'd Be Days Like This. She is on the advisory panel of the prestigious New Grove Dictionary of Jazz and her photography features in the permanent collections of several museums. She lives in London.
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