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Paul Steinbeck, a musician and educator, (Assistant Professor of Music Theory at Washington University in St. Louis), covers one of the most intriguing bands in the history of American music.

Founded in Chicago in the “tumultuous” 60s, The Art Ensemble of Chicago carved out a space for itself in the notoriously conservative music industry that not only allowed its members full creative freedom, but also paved the way for countless other creative musicians and artists.

How did this group which accepted no limitations or labels survive and thrive in a world that demands musicians put themselves in a box?

The answer is in the pages of this book.

Roscoe Mitchell, one of the members of the group, had this to say about it:

“This book is more than we could have hoped for, telling the complete history of the Art Ensemble of Chicago in careful, engaging detail.”

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