Gay Guerrilla: Julius Eastman and His Music

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Renée Levine Packer, Mary Jane Leach
Boydell & Brewer, 2015 - 244 من الصفحات
A compelling portrait of composer-performer Julius Eastman's enigmatic and intriguing life and music.

Composer-performer Julius Eastman (1940-90) was an enigma, both comfortable and uncomfortable in the many worlds he inhabited: black, white, gay, straight, classical music, disco, academia, and downtown New York. His music, insistent and straightforward, resists labels and seethes with a tension that resonates with musicians, scholars, and audiences today. Eastman's provocative titles, including Gay Guerrilla, Evil Nigger, Crazy Nigger, and others, assault us with his obsessions.
Eastman tested limits with his political aggressiveness, as reflected in legendary scandals like his June 1975 performance of John Cage's Song Books, which featured homoerotic interjections, and the uproar over his titles at Northwestern University. These episodes are examples of Eastman's persistence in pushing the limits of the acceptable in the highly charged arenas of sexual and civil rights.
In addition to analyses of Eastman's music, the essays in Gay Guerrilla provide background on his remarkable life history and the era's social landscape. The book presents an authentic portrait of a notable American artist thatis compelling reading for the general reader as well as scholars interested in twentieth-century American music, American studies, gay rights, and civil rights.
This Life of Sounds: Evenings for New Music inBuffalo received an ASCAP Deems Taylor Award for excellence. Mary Jane Leach is a composer and freelance writer, currently writing music and theatre criticism for the Albany Times-Union.



Julius Eastman and His Music
1 Julius Eastman A Biography
2 Unjust Malaise
3 The Julius Eastman Parables
4 Julius Eastman and the Conception of Organic Music
5 Julius Eastman Singing
6 An Accidental Musicologist Passes the Torch
Julius Eastman in New York City 197690
9 A Postminimalist Analysis of Julius Eastmans Crazy Nigger
Still Staying on Stay On It
11 Connecting the Dots
A Minimalist Choralphantasie
Julius Eastman Compositions
Selected Bibliography
List of Contributors

Photographs follow page 122
A Piece for Multiple Instruments of the Same Type by Julius Eastman 1979 with Performance Instructions by Joseph Kubera

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Renée Levine-Packer is an arts administrator and author of This Life of Sounds: Evenings for New Music in Buffalo (OUP 2010). Mary Jane Leach is a composer and performer and has been very active in recovering and reviving the music of Julius Eastman.

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