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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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If people talked the way they drummed in improvisation, then I think the world would be a lot nicer…

– Youth participant, ICASP improvisation workshop