• Quotes

    Stanley Crouch on jazz and Negro Americans

    “Negro Americans are not predisposed to follow people. They really aren’t. That’s why there’s always a certain element of chaos in the Negro world, because, see I think from slavery forward we just didn’t like to listen…No! So, somebody telling you over and over you gotta do this? You know, ‘I’m not doing that! Just cause you said that?’

    You say, ‘Yes, but it’s right.’

    ‘I don’t care. So what if it’s right? I ain’t doing it anyway. Why I am I not doing it? For the same reason that Dostoyevsky said I’m not going to do it: so I can tell you that I exist. So I’m just gonna mess your stuff up, right?'”

    — Stanley Crouch on Duke Ellington’s big band, Jazz ep. 7, “Dedicated to Chaos”