Anarchy 51/Art and Social Responsibility
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“Whereas urban societies produce barbaric substitutes for art, the rejects of such societies, because they approach the community-pattern, are still able to create work which has a human significance. The primitives have seceded or been ejected from the structure of society and its relative security, into, , , , and there they have set up a way of life of their own, subject to risks and constraints which make them the indisputable victims of their environment, and the constraint is one which a sympathetic intellectual can only share if he shares the circumstances which created it. The or the are the product of the contact between this grindstone of adversity and a tradition which is either there already or ready to hand in a few months: the tradition of the Blues came into existence in a matter of years, its form dictated by the circumstances under which it was sung, and its musical pattern by the availability of instruments . . .”
alex comfort: 1946.