Black Fire! New Spirits! Images of a Revolution: Radical Jazz in the USA 1960-1975 BOOK

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*Deluxe/Heavyweight 12” x 12” large format 200 page hardback book* ‘Black Fire! New Spirits!’, features hundreds of stunning photographs of radical and revolutionary jazz musicians whose work defined black America in the 1960s - John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Ornette Coleman, The Art Ensemble Of Chicago, Roland Kirk, Yusef Lateef, Alice Coltrane and many, many more. In the 1960s and into the early 1970s, jazz music in the USA was in an almost constant state of revolution with the music and lives of African- American artists radicalized by civil rights, the avant-garde, Black Power and a new spiritual awakening. The fascinating photographs of the many groundbreaking jazz artists featured in this book capture the radicalism and self-determination that existed for all these artists during this intense and profound period in time. The book is edited by Soul Jazz Records’ Stuart Baker and comes complete with a large introductory text with more incredible photographs of the civil rights era, as well as concise biographies on all of the artists who appear in the book.

At the start of the 1960s, jazz entered a unique period of revolution as African-American musicians redefined the art form in the context of the Civil Rights Movement, Afro-centric rhythm and thought and an ideology of black economic empowerment. John Coltrane, Ornette Coleman, Sun Ra, Pharoah Sanders, Albert Ayler and others developed a new cosmology of sound that was as revolutionary as the social and political changes that took place in America throughout the decade. From the musical explorations of John Coltrane, Cecil Taylor and Ornette Coleman to the collective and community concerns of Chciago’s Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians and the black science fiction of Sun Ra, the new jazz musicians created a musical and cultural landscape from which jazz never looked back. This large-format deluxe hardback book features hundreds of stunning photographs of the new jazz musicians in the USA throughout the 1960s, presented with an introductory essay and biographies on the many artists included in the book.