by Ashley Kahn
Hardcover, 338 pages, W W Norton & Co Inc, List Price: $29.95 | purchase
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Traces the story of Impulse Records and the pivotal contributions of avant-garde jazz musician John Coltrane in the 1960s and 1970s, explaining how the label was shaped by thirty-eight of his politically charged recordings.
June 6, 2006 Impulse Records was launched during a golden age of jazz and it featured a variety of legendary artists — from John Coltrane to Ray Charles. Its edgy sound reflected the turbulent politics of the 1960s, the author of a new book about the label says.
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