Stanley Crouch to Speak at This Week's Common Hour

Story posted October 11, 2005

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Stanley Crouch

Jazz critic and novelist Stanley Crouch will speak at Common Hour, Friday, October 14, at 12:30 p.m. in Kresge Auditorium, Visual Arts Center. Crouch will give a talk titled "Blues for Tomorrow."

No tickets are required, but sitting is expected to be limited.

Stanley Crouch was born in Los Angeles, California, on December 14, 1945. He began writing at the age of eight, and while in junior high school, became active in the Civil Rights Movement.

He worked in a poverty program while attending East Los Angeles Junior College and was a witness to the Watts Riot first hand, an experience that immensely influenced Crouch to become a black nationalist.

Crouch discovered the writings of Ralph Ellison and Albert Murray while working as an actor/playwright in the Studio Watts Company in the late 1960s. He then moved to New York City, played the drums for an avant-garde jazz band, and later became a staff writer for The Village Voice.

He also became the spokesperson for jazz trumpeter, Wynton Marsalis, and was a professor at the Claremont Colleges in California.

Stanley Crouch is best known as an outspoken culture and jazz critic and as the author of the novel, Don't the Moon Look Lonesome: A Novel in Blues and Swing.

He writes a syndicated column for the New York Daily News. These iconoclastic criticisms of "gangsta rap," the Roots saga, and specific elements of African American culture are at the same time thought provoking and controversial.

Common Hour is open to all Bowdoin students, faculty and staff.

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