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George Lewis: A Power Stronger Than Itself

By Published: October 22, 2009
As an improviser, educator and an explorer of musical expression, George Lewis
George Lewis
George Lewis
has become one of the significant contributors towards the respect and recognition Jazz is finally receiving as one of America's most notable and distinguished cultural achievements. He recently published what I consider to be one of the most critical books on Jazz and African American culture. I also consider the AACM to be the most culturally important group of artists that ever came together in the history of the United States. The following interview took place prior to the publication of his book, A Power Stronger than Itself - The AACM and American Experimental Music.

Lloyd Peterson: Was the AACM established out of a common interest amongst peers or out of a feeling of necessity?

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