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The Fierce Urgency of Now: Improvisation, Rights, and the Ethics of Cocreation Hardcover – Jun 14 2013


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  • Hardcover: 328 pages
  • Publisher: Duke Univ Pr (June 14 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0822354640
  • ISBN-13: 978-0822354642
  • Product Dimensions: 15.9 x 2.5 x 23.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 590 g
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""The Fierce Urgency of Now" is both a testament to the veracity of the rapidly growing field of improvisation studies, but also an impassioned, far-reaching, interdisciplinary investigation into ways that musical improvisation can activate new perspectives on rights discourses." --Jason Robinson ""Journal of Popular Music Studies" "

""The Fierce Urgency of Now" is a groundbreaking and, in many instances, breathtaking book. Its focus on the ways that musicians from many backgrounds and genres think about and enact improvisation as linked to issues of human rights, community, and freedom is innovative, and the argument that human rights are expanded and valuably reconceptualized by improvisational practices is even more inventive and generative. This book should be read by scholars and students working on social justice and the political, social, and visionary importance of expressive cultures all over the world." Tricia Rose, Professor, Brown University, and author of "The Hip Hop Wars: What We Talk About When We Talk About Hip Hop and Why It Matters""

"The Fierce Urgency of Now" is both a testament to the veracity of the rapidly growing field of improvisation studies, but also an impassioned, far-reaching, interdisciplinary investigation into ways that musical improvisation can activate new perspectives on rights discourses. --Jason Robinson ""Journal of Popular Music Studies" ""

This is a book which deserves to be widely read. --Lou Glandfield "Times Literary Supplement ""

A rather important book that seeks for the first time or the first time with quite this level of intellectual rigor to make clear the defining connections between improvisation and rights, and to suggest that improvisation s basic heuristic, which is the capacity to discern potentials in any given situation, has a powerful social function. --Brian Morton "The Wire ""

The Fierce Urgency of Now is both a testament to the veracity of the rapidly growing field of improvisation studies, but also an impassioned, far-reaching, interdisciplinary investigation into ways that musical improvisation can activate new perspectives on rights discourses. --Jason Robinson "Journal of Popular Music Studies ""

"The Fierce Urgency of Now is a groundbreaking and, in many instances, breathtaking book. Its focus on the ways that musicians from many backgrounds and genres think about and enact improvisation as linked to issues of human rights, community, and freedom is innovative, and the argument that human rights are expanded and valuably reconceptualized by improvisational practices is even more inventive and generative. This book should be read by scholars and students working on social justice and the political, social, and visionary importance of expressive cultures all over the world."--Tricia Rose, Professor, Brown University, and author of The Hip Hop Wars: What We Talk About When We Talk About Hip Hop--and Why It Matters

"This is a book which deserves to be widely read."--Lou Glandfield "Times Literary Supplement "

"A rather important book that seeks for the first time--or the first time with quite this level of intellectual rigor--to make clear the defining connections between improvisation and rights, and to suggest that improvisation's basic heuristic, which is the capacity to discern potentials in any given situation, has a powerful social function."--Brian Morton "The Wire "

"The Fierce Urgency of Now is both a testament to the veracity of the rapidly growing field of improvisation studies, but also an impassioned, far-reaching, interdisciplinary investigation into ways that musical improvisation can activate new perspectives on rights discourses." --Jason Robinson "Journal of Popular Music Studies "

About the Author

Daniel Fischlin is Professor and University Research Chair in the School of English and Theatre Studies at the University of Guelph in Ontario. He is coauthor (with Martha Nandorfy) of The Community of Rights – The Rights of Community.

Ajay Heble is Professor in the School of English and Theatre Studies at the University of Guelph and an editor (with Rob Wallace) of People Get Ready: The Future of Jazz Is Now!, also published by Duke University Press. He is the founder and artistic director of the Guelph Jazz Festival.

George Lipsitz is Professor in the Department of Black Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is the author of many books, including How Racism Takes Place and Footsteps in the Dark: The Hidden Histories of Popular Music.


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