The Music, Language, and Culture Workshop

Thursday 13 March – Will Faber


Please join us for our final workshop session of the Winter quarter. We are pleased to announce Will Faber,  PhD candidate in Ethnomusicology, University of Chicago  – GOH 205, 4.30-6.00pm

“A Pretty Duff Place to Be:” The London Musicians’ Collective and the Ethics of Improvisation in Thatcher’s Britain

This chapter focuses on the London Musicians’ Collective, a cooperative organization which produced concerts, records, workshops, radio programs, and festivals between 1974 and 2009. Drawing on interviews with member musicians as well as the organization’s own meeting minutes, administrative records, correspondence, and negotiations with funding agencies, I ask how this group constructed a politics of race and gender by variously critiquing, affirming and disowning the changing location of jazz as a racialized musical form within British cultural hierarchies during the 1970’s and 1980’s.

Hope to see you all there!

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