Other Planes of There: Critical Notice of Graham Lock's Blutopia

Anderson, Paul Allen

Graham Lock's Blutopia: Visions of the Future and Revisions of the Past in the Work of Sun Ra, Duke Ellington, and Anthony Braxton explores several di-mensions of cultural critique in the writings and music of three highly in-fluential musical artists. The book extends Lock's pursuit of related topics in Forces in Motion: Anthony Braxton and the Meta-Reality of Creative Music (1988), an engaging and highly informative account of Braxton's career as a composer, instrumentalist, and bandleader. Forces in Motion featured ex-tensive interviews with Braxton and the members of his 1985 touring quar-tet, Marilyn Crispell, Gerry Hemingway, and Mark Dresser, along with Lock's own commentaries and research findings. Lock is also the author of Chasing the Vibration: Meetings with Creative Musicians (1994), a collection of interviews with jazz composers and improvisers, and the editor of Mixtery: A Festschrift for Anthony Braxton (1995).


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August 18, 2022