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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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...the innovative working models of improvisation developed by creative practitioners have helped to promote a dynamic exchange of cultural forms, and to encourage new, socially responsive forms of community building across national, cultural, and artistic boundaries.

– Ajay Heble