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The New Regime

Added in the Fall 2020 update

“Lester Bowie became the second president of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM) in September 1968 with Leo Smith as vice president. One public face of Bowie’s tenure as president was a short-lived AACM newsletter, the New Regime. Similar in style to an underground literary magazine, and published in multiple colors on ordinary grade-school construction paper, the New Regime featured personal histories, pictures of members, commentary, photographs, artwork, fiction, and poetry. Also prominent were advertisements for the newly released AACM recordings, and biographies of associated artists, such as choreographer Darlene Blackburn.”

George E. Lewis, A Power Stronger Than Itself: The AACM and American Experimental Music (2008)