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Loft JazzImprovising New York in the 1970s$
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Michael C. Heller

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780520285408

Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520285408.001.0001

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Freedom

Freedom

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(p.65) 4 Freedom
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Loft Jazz
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Michael C. Heller

Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520285408.003.0004

This chapter looks at the multifaceted ways that loft artists envisioned freedom as an inspiration for their work. Rather than hewing to a single definition, however, artists employed the term to connote a wide variety of different meanings. The chapter examines several in succession, including definitions that foreground: collectivist or communalist practices, rooted in civil rights and 1960s counterculture movements; self-creation and identity politics; off-the-grid living strategies; transgression and transcendence, and “energy music” aesthetics that feature minimal pre-composed elements. Ultimately, the term “freedom” emerges as powerfully overdetermined, as it is used to reference a number of interrelated goals and values.

Keywords:   freedom, loft artists, collectivist practices, communalist practices, counterculture movements, self-creation, identity politics, energy music aesthetics, off-the-grid living strategies

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