Jacques Derrida vs Ornette Coleman interview from 1997

The French-Jewish philosopher and the African-American composer discovered more in common than just their birth years during their June 23rd meeting.


Words by: Charlie Jones

From the UbuWeb archive comes a rare glimpse into the minds of two 20th century greats. Pitting man of words, public intellectual Jacques Derrida against man of music, Ornette Coleman, this interview transcript, translated by Timothy S Murphy, features a candid conversation about music, language and its relation to race and one’s sense of being. You can read more about Coleman’s thoughts, and experiences, along with Derrida’s, relating to words and what that means on the margins here

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