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Swing AlongThe Musical Life of Will Marion Cook$
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Marva Carter

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195108910

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195108910.001.0001

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Postlude

Postlude

“SWING ALONG!”

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(p.121) Postlude
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Swing Along
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Marva Griffin Carter

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195108910.003.0014

This chapter discusses the final rites for Will Cook. It explains that his final rites were simple for Will himself requested it. The chapter also talks about how Will was admired by many of whose careers he advanced for he served as father, mentor, teacher, and tutor to black and white artists alike. It describes Will as someone who did not maintain a traditional family lifestyle, but someone who was a surrogate father to his orchestral members and close friends. It characterizes Cook as someone who had a knack for recognizing talent and providing the appropriate channel for its development. It notes that Will Cook tried to foster and implement racial consciousness and pride through agitation. It underlines his memoirs, revealing his ultimate challenge to destroy wrongs, and at the same time write beautiful music.

Keywords:   surrogate father, mentor, teacher, recognizing talent, memoir

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