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Aesthetics of Resistance
Charles Mingus and the Civil Rights Movement
Bd. 4, 2012, 112 S., 19.90 EUR, 19.90 CHF, br., ISBN 978-3-643-90254-2
This book illuminates the various ways in which Charles Mingus's music interacted with the sociocultural movements of the late 1950s and early 1960s. It explores the artist as a pioneer of an idiomatic aesthetics of resistance in jazz music that is rooted in African American traditions and is much more than merely a form of protest. Mingus's music presents a continuous challenge to an unimaginative, streamlined culture built on racism and conformity by openly protesting against it, by questioning its historical foundations, and by exemplifying its countercultural antithesis.
Mario Dunkel is currently working in the American Studies program at TU Dortmund University.