[Marxism] New online magazine on socialism and the arts

Paddy Hassett paraichackett at gmail.com
Wed Sep 5 09:05:58 MDT 2012

On Wednesday, 5 September 2012, Angelus Novus <fuerdenkommunismus at yahoo.com>
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> Apropos that Martin Smith thing on John Coltrane:
> Why is it that socialists writing about Jazz always stop with the mid-60s
and Coltrane and Coleman (sometimes Archie Shepp), always within the
context of the American civil rights movement?
> They never write about the last 40+ years of Jazz history, except to
contrast the revivalism of Wynton Marsalis with the 60s "New Thing" and
paint it as analogous to neo-conservative politics.
> No mention ever of the AACM, Anthony Braxton, all the great stuff that
came out on Black Saint/Soul Note and HatArt in the 70s and 80s, John Zorn
and the downtown New York scene of the 80s, millenial Chicago Jazz around
Vandermark/Hamid Drake/Fred Anderson, or any of the (rather heavily
political in many cases) European free improvisation milieu in Germany
(Brötzmann, Schlippenbach, the FMP label), Great Britain (Evan Parker, AMM,
Derek Bailey) or Holland (ICP, Willem Breuker), or the contemporary
AMM-inspired electro-acoustic improv in Berlin (Axel Dörner, Andrea
Neumann), Vienna (Fennesz, Dieb13, the Mego label) Tokyo (Toshimaru
Nakamura, Otomo Yoshihide) and Britain (John Butcher, Rhodrie Davies, all
the stuff on the Another Timbre label)?
> Pretty much the only Marxist I know of who even seems to be aware that
there's been improvised music in the last 40 years is Ben Watson.
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