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Allen Lowe: Blues and the Empirical Truth

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Operating on the fringes of the jazz establishment since the early 1990s, under-sung saxophonist Allen Lowe has earned meritorious praise for his distinctive efforts. It is his academic writings documenting the history of American folk music that have garnered him the most widespread critical acclaim however. Lowe's first foray into roots music, his 1994 album Dark Was the Night--Cold Was the Ground (Music & Arts), reconciled modernism with tradition, consequently inspiring his interest in scholarly dissertations like American Pop from ...

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Allen Lowe: Jews In Hell/Radical Jewish Acculturation

Read "Allen Lowe: Jews In Hell/Radical Jewish Acculturation" reviewed by Clifford Allen

Allen Lowe Jews In Hell: Radical Jewish Acculturation Spaceout Records 2007

Art critic Clement Greenberg once offered a useful explanation of the task of modernism. To paraphrase rather liberally, Greenberg wrote that a modernist work must engage and self-criticize its own basic tenets and those of its chosen medium--not as an affront to its place in the art world, but as a way to “entrench [it] more firmly in its area of competence. In ...


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