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Reel History
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In this engaging hybrid work--a blend of oral history and graphic novel--Stephen Farina finds "Juma Sultan" in a local phonebook. After an initial meeting at a roadside diner, Juma takes Steve and a fellow researcher to a decrepit barn, which, amazingly, contains a treasure trove of reel-to-reel audio tapes and 16mm films of jam sessions and jazz performances from the 1960s and 1970s. As the men go through the boxes and begin the painstaking process of preservation, Juma recalls the players, places, and time period when free jazz exploded then fused with the political momentum of the Civil Rights era. This true story documents "The Aboriginal Music Society" Archival Project, which was funded by the National Endowment for the Arts. Available exclusively as an e-publication, Reel History's expressive and glowing black-and-white illustrations are augmented by audio clips and haunting silent video from Juma Sultan's unique archive. This is an invaluable history for jazz historians and readers in the digital age.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. pp. 1-1
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
  2. pp. 1-4
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. 5-5
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  1. December 10, 1970
  2. pp. 6-6
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  1. Part 1. Search
  2. pp. 7-7
  1. 'RĂ©al to Reel
  2. pp. 8-19
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  1. Origin
  2. pp. 20-39
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  1. Media
  2. pp. 40-47
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  1. Proposal
  2. pp. 48-61
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  1. The Barn
  2. pp. 62-104
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  1. Part 2. Found
  2. pp. 105-106
  1. True Creation
  2. pp. 107-126
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  1. We Were Conscious
  2. pp. 127-155
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  1. All Kinds of Experiments
  2. pp. 156-182
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  1. '66 to '72 (My Archive)
  2. pp. 183-204
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  1. A Blistering Statement
  2. pp. 205-237
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  1. The Studio
  2. pp. 238-258
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  1. Part 3. Lost
  2. pp. 259-260
  1. Craquelure
  2. pp. 261-281
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  1. Bone
  2. pp. 282-295
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  1. Postscript
  2. pp. 296-299
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  1. Coda
  2. pp. 300-316
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  1. Credit
  2. pp. 317-321
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