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Friday, February 26, 2021

[NEW] Thelonious Monk and Erroll Garner Vs Columbia Records: How Black Musicians Fought Exploitation and Corporate Power

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This session explores the history of the exploitation of Black musicians by looking at the experiences of two iconic, presumably successful, pianists/composers and their ongoing battles with the most powerful recording company in the United States.  By following the money, we discover that Monk and Garner took two very different paths — one chose to stay within the corporate fold, the other choosing to break free and launch an independent label. Together, we will examine the consequences of such choices, economically, aesthetically, politically and emotionally.