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Loft Jazz : Improvising New York in the 1970s, Hardback Book

Loft Jazz : Improvising New York in the 1970s Hardback


The New York loft jazz scene of the 1970s was a pivotal period for uncompromising, artist-produced work.

Faced with a flagging jazz economy, a group of young avant-garde improvisers chose to eschew the commercial sphere and develop alternative venues in the abandoned factories and warehouses of Lower Manhattan.

Loft Jazz provides the first book-length study of this period, tracing its history amid a series of overlapping discourses surrounding collectivism, urban renewal, experimentalist aesthetics, underground archives, and the radical politics of self-determination.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 272 pages, 1 music ex; 21 HTs
  • Publisher: University of California Press
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  • Category: Jazz
  • ISBN: 9780520285408

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