Stanley Crouch, Critic Who Saw American Democracy in Jazz, Dies at 74
A prolific author, essayist, columnist and social critic, he challenged conventional thinking on race and avant-garde music.
Thomas Chatterton Williams 🌍 🎧
Bit dispiriting how long the same arguments have been raging: “[Crouch] found ready adversaries among fellow Black Americans, whom he criticized as defining themselves in racial terms and as reducing the broader Black experience to one of victimization.”
The New York Times
Stanley Crouch, a social critic who championed jazz as a metaphor for Black people’s contributions to American democracy, has died. He was 74.
RIP Stanley Crouch, who saw America in Jazz
Nobody called bullshit better than this guy. Will miss him a ton.
Stanley Crouch used to sign emails “VIA,” Victory Is Assured. He was kind to me when I was starting out. He had a big personality and he knew what he liked and disliked - in literature, music, food. He was a good arguer. Rest in power.
NYT obit: Stanley Crouch, Critic Who Saw American Democracy in Jazz, Dies at 74
Not the obituary I wanted to read today.
An obituary worth reading
He was nothing less than genius. He’s my hero for how to be a non-tribal thinker & brutally honest....Stanley Crouch, Critic Who Saw American Democracy in Jazz, Dies at 74
Sad to hear of Stanley Crouch's death. I got a copy of Notes of a Hanging Judge from a library in Mexico City in the early 90s and found it it incredibly motivating- it inspired some of my own late 90s newspaper columns, e.g. 'Jungla de acetato'
Very sad to learn that Stanley Crouch is gone. A man as good-hearted and subtle as he was bold. I missed him for years as he was ailing & now I will miss him more.
Cynthia P Garrett
“he found ready adversaries among fellow Black Americans, whom he criticized as defining themselves in racial terms and as reducing the broader Black experience to one of victimization. He vilified gangsta rap as “‘Birth of a Nation’ with a backbeat,” ...