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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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Listening itself, an improvisative act engaged in by everyone, announces a practice of active engagement with the world, where we sift, interpret, store and forget, in parallel with action and fundamentally articulated with it ("Mobilitas Animi" 113).

– George E. Lewis