As Serious As Your Life

As Serious As Your Life

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The Story of the New Jazz

As essential now as when it was first published in 1977, As Serious As Your Life celebrates jazz with passion and conviction. Covering the dynamic period 1960-1976, Valerie Wilmer powerfully evokes a remarkable revolutionary musical era that continues to inspire generations of musicians.

Valerie Wilmer evaluates the musical careers of both the famous names of the time — Albert Ayler, Ornette Coleman, John Coltrane, Pharoah Sanders, Sun Ra and Cecil Taylor — and those of less well-known artists. It is her unique approach — placing the "new jazz" 'in its political and social context — that makes As Serious As Your Life a classic of jazz criticism.