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KEYNOTE: Citizen Monk: Stories of Civic Engagement and Visionary Politics

Robin Kelley

Published: 2009-09-11

VIDEO: Dr. Kelley discusses the defiance of form
that characterized Thelonius Monk's music,
and argues that even if Monk viewed his
own music as apolitical, it still inspired
political action by exemplifying an ethos of
freedom that applies directly to the social world. TEXT: An abstract and Dr. Kelley's biography.

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Improvisation implies a deep connection between the personal and the communal, self and world. A “good” improviser successfully navigates musical and institutional boundaries and the desire for self-expression, pleasing not only herself but the listener as well.

– Rob Wallace