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Sound Commitments: Avant-Garde Music and the Sixties

Robert Adlington


During the 1960s many avant‐garde musicians were intensely involved in the era's social and political upheavals, and often sought to reflect this engagement in their music. This volume examines the encounter of avant‐garde music and ‘the sixties’, across a range of genres, aesthetic positions, and geographical locations. Rather than providing a comprehensive survey, the intention is to give an indication of the richness of avant‐garde musicians' response to the decade's defining cultural shifts. Many of these musicians were convinced that aesthetic experiment and social progressiveness made na ... More

Keywords: avant‐garde music, the 1960s, engagement, aesthetic experiment, social progressiveness

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780195336641
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2009 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195336641.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Robert Adlington, editor
University of Nottingham

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