Free Jazz: The Jazz Revolution of the '60s

Written by Robert Levin

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Silva saw broad extra-musical ramifications in his procedures. He believed that by rejecting all externally imposed constraintsrepparttar inherent goodness in men would surface and enable them to function in absolute harmony with both nature and each other. "Man," he said to me once, coming off an especially vigorous set. "In another ten years we won't even need traffic lights we're gonna be so spiritually tuned to one another."

And I have to say that I agreed with him.

This was, after all, a period in history when "restrictions" of every conceivable kind, from binding social and sexual mores to (withrepparttar 132422 moon shot)repparttar 132423 very law of gravity, were successfully being challenged. If you were regularly visiting Timothy Leary's "atomic" level of consciousness, and if you could call a girl you'd been set up with on a blind date and she might say, "Let's 'ball' first and then I'll see if I want to have dinner with you," you could be forgiven your certainty that nothing short of a revolution in human nature itself was taking place.

And some of us who regarded Western values as bothrepparttar 132424 cause of all ill (had they not brought us torepparttar 132425 brink of annihilation withrepparttar 132426 hydrogen bomb?), andrepparttar 132427 principle impediment to such a transformation, sawrepparttar 132428 new black music as leadingrepparttar 132429 way, asrepparttar 132430 veritable embodiment of what Herbert Marcuse called "the revolution of unrepression."

In so heady a time, earnest unself-conscious debates aboutrepparttar 132431 relative revolutionary merits of free jazz and rock—the other musical phenomenon ofrepparttar 132432 period—were not uncommon.

I remember a conversation I had with John Sinclair,repparttar 132433 Michigan activist, poet and author of Guitar Army.

John tookrepparttar 132434 position that rock wasrepparttar 132435 true "music ofrepparttar 132436 revolution."

No, I argued, rock did stand againstrepparttar 132437 technocratic, Faustian western sensibility. It did, and unabashedly, celebraterepparttar 132438 sensual andrepparttar 132439 mystical. But in these respects it only caught up to where jazz had always been. In contrast to what some ofrepparttar 132440 younger black musicians were up to—the purging of white elements African music had picked up in America—rock was simplyrepparttar 132441 first hip white popular music.

Rock, it was my point, never got beyond expressingrepparttar 132442 sentiment of revolution while free jazz, by breaking with formal Western disciplines—by going "outside," asrepparttar 132443 musicians termed it, of Western procedures and methods and lettingrepparttar 132444 music find its own natural order and form—got to an actualization of what true revolution would be. Rock's lyrics, I said, promoted, in many instances,repparttar 132445 idea of a spiritual revolution, but musically rock remained bound torepparttar 132446 very traditions and conventions that its lyrics railed against andrepparttar 132447 audience never got a demonstration orrepparttar 132448 experience of authentic spiritual communion. Rock's lyrics were undermined and attenuated inrepparttar 132449 very act of their expression byrepparttar 132450 system used to express them. The new jazz, onrepparttar 132451 other hand, achieved freedom not just fromrepparttar 132452 purely formal structures of western musical systems, but, implicitly, fromrepparttar 132453 emotional and social ethos in which those structures originated.

As I say, it was a heady time.

Now, of course, free jazz, in anything resembling a pristine form just barely exists, and obviously it has ceased to exist altogether as a revolutionary movement. Like other emblematic movements ofrepparttar 132454 epoch with which it sharedrepparttar 132455 faith that a new kind of human being would surface once all structure and authority that wasn’t internal in origin was rejected, free jazz was ultimately ambushed by its naiveté.

But on purely musical terms free jazz has not been without an ongoing impact. If it never achieved what Alan Silva expected it to, it did (however contrary to its original ambition), expandrepparttar 132456 vocabulary andrepparttar 132457 field of options available to mainstream jazz musicians. And while they function today in what are essentially universes of their own, Taylor, Coleman, Murray, Cyrille, Shepp and Dixon are still very much around and continuing to discover surprise andrepparttar 132458 marvelous.

Indeed, stripped though they may be of their mystique as harbingers of an imminent utopia, these extraordinary musicians continue to produce musical miracles as a matter of course. For an especially vivid demonstration, try to catch Cecil in one of his live performances—what he would call "exchanges of energy"—with drummers like Max Roach or Elvin Jones.

In a bad time in every department ofrepparttar 132459 culture, a time of rampant—often willful—mediocrity, I could name no better tonic.

Former contributor to The Village Voice and Rolling Stone. Coauthor and coeditor, respectively, of two collections of essays about rock and jazz in the '60s: "Music & Politics" and "Giants of Black Music." Essays and fiction on numerous web sites

Internet Dating – It’s Not For Geeks

Written by Sara Blackmoore

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These two points mean that some ofrepparttar bigger agency sites now have in excess of three million members, and literally thousands of new members joining every day. With that many people, if you are serious about finding a partner, lover, or a friend, thenrepparttar 132420 internet is simply too big a resource to ignore. And ‘net dating is safe too; there is no need to exchange real names or even email addresses until you feel you know someone well enough. Allrepparttar 132421 services allow you to block unwanted communication and so there is no fear of being pestered. Used sensibly, internet dating can be safer than almost any other way of meeting people.

The internet has revolutionisedrepparttar 132422 way we work, shop, conduct our financial affairs, and entertain ourselves. To use it as a medium for meeting new people is a logical step in our fast changing world.

After that chat six months ago, I convinced my friend to post a profile on a dating site, she didn’t even have to pay anything to do so unless she wanted to start sending messages to other members ofrepparttar 132423 site. Now I never see her because she is spending all of her time with her new man. She didn’t find him in five minutes like some ofrepparttar 132424 sales pitches would like you to believe, but then six months ago she didn’t expect to find him at all.

Sara Blackmoore is a relationship counselor and regular contributor to She lives in London, England with her husband and two children.

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