American cultural rebels : avant-garde and bohemian artists, writers and musicians from the 1850s through the 1960s / Roy Kotynek and John Cohassey.

by Kotynek, Roy, 1939-Looking glass; Cohassey, John, 1961-Looking glass.

Publisher: Jefferson, N.C. ; McFarland & Co., [2008]Description: vii, 254 pages ; 23 cm.ISBN: 9780786437092; 078643709X.Subject(s): Avant-garde (Aesthetics) -- United States -- History | Arts -- Experimental methods -- History | Bohemianism -- United States -- History | Dissenters -- United States -- History | Artists -- United States -- BiographyLooking glass | Women authors, American -- BiographyLooking glass | Musicians -- United States -- BiographyLooking glass | Popular culture -- United States -- HistoryLooking glass | United States -- Intellectual life -- 19th centuryLooking glass | United States -- Intellectual life -- 20th centuryLooking glassNote: Includes bibliographical references (pages 233-249) and index.
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Artistic vanguards plot new aesthetic movements, print controversial magazines, hold provocative art shows, and stage experimental theatrical and musical performances. These revolutionaries have often helped create America's countercultural movements, from the early romantics and bohemians to the beatniks and hippies.This work looks at how experimental art and the avant-garde artists' lifestyles have influenced, and at times transformed, American culture since the mid-nineteenth century. The work will introduce readers to these artists and rebels, making a careful distinction between the worlds of the high modern artist (salons and galleries) and the bohemian.

Includes bibliographical references (pages 233-249) and index.

Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • Preface (p. 1)
  • I Fatal Destinies (p. 5)
  • Restless Youth: The Roots of Nineteenth-Century Countercultures (p. 5)
  • Visions of Utopia (p. 9)
  • Apprentices in the City of Light (p. 12)
  • The Arrival of Bohemia (p. 15)
  • II Gilded Age Vanguards (p. 21)
  • Bohemian Frontiers (p. 21)
  • Lafcadio Hearn's New Orleans (p. 25)
  • Bohemian Clubs (p. 27)
  • Stirrings Across the Sea (p. 29)
  • American Aesthetes (p. 32)
  • The Trilby Craze (p. 34)
  • Bohemian Demimondes (p. 36)
  • Symbolists and Decadents (p. 39)
  • III Modern Tempers, Modern Times (p. 47)
  • Crosscurrents of Liberation (p. 47)
  • Jack London's Piedmont Crowd (p. 51)
  • Anarchists, Moderns, and the Robert Henri Circle (p. 54)
  • Stieglitz and Stein, Proponents of the New (p. 57)
  • Poetry in Porkopolis (p. 61)
  • IV "City of Ambition" (p. 68)
  • Modernism's Storm Center (p. 68)
  • Voices of Young America (p. 69)
  • Assemblages of a Different Kind (p. 73)
  • The Village Idea (p. 83)
  • V Americans in Paris (p. 89)
  • A Lost Generation? (p. 89)
  • The Left Bank (p. 92)
  • The Free City of Montmartre (p. 94)
  • American Enclaves (p. 96)
  • Independent Presses, Little Magazines (p. 100)
  • Life Among the Dadaists and Surrealists (p. 103)
  • A Musical Training Ground (p. 107)
  • Moderns on the Riviera (p. 112)
  • VI The Search for America (p. 115)
  • The Primacy of Place (p. 115)
  • Stieglitz's Constellation (p. 116)
  • "Land of Buried Cultures" (p. 117)
  • Hollywood Decadence (p. 119)
  • "Paris in My Own Backyard" (p. 121)
  • The Chicagoans (p. 125)
  • "Harlem Nocturne" (p. 127)
  • The Village Transformed (p. 131)
  • VII Radicals and Moderns (p. 134)
  • The Turn Leftward (p. 134)
  • Theater of Revolt (p. 143)
  • The Mainstreaming of Modernism (p. 147)
  • VIII "Bohemia After Dark": Modern Jazz and the Beat Generation (p. 155)
  • Bebop Makes the Scene (p. 155)
  • The Epitome of Hip (p. 159)
  • Beats of the New Vision (p. 162)
  • San Francisco's Angel-Headed Hipsters (p. 168)
  • The Beat of the Beat Generation (p. 171)
  • Voices of the Village (p. 173)
  • Beatnik Bohemias (p. 175)
  • IX The 1960s Musical Avant-Gardes (p. 178)
  • Experiments of the Mind, Experiments of the Machine (p. 178)
  • Electronic Composers (p. 179)
  • The Jazz Freedom Principle (p. 181)
  • Trane and Miles (p. 184)
  • X The Adversary Culture (p. 190)
  • "Revolution in the Air" (p. 190)
  • Duchamp's Shadow (p. 190)
  • The Living Theatre (p. 193)
  • Happenings (p. 195)
  • East Village Others (p. 197)
  • California's Musical Rainbow (p. 201)
  • L.A. Freak-out (p. 211)
  • Epilogue (p. 217)
  • Chapter Notes (p. 221)
  • Bibliography (p. 233)
  • Index (p. 251)

Author notes provided by Syndetics

Roy Kotynek is professor emeritus of history, Oakland University, Rochester, Michigan.

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