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Frank Kofsky (1935–1997) was an American Marxist historian, author, and Professor of History at California State University, Sacramento, from 1969 until his death. A musician himself, Kofsky also wrote several books on jazz, mainly concentrating on the avant-garde of the 1960s and the relationship between musicians and the industry on which they depend.
In the liner notes for the Impulse release of John Coltrane's "John Coltrane Plays" Kofsky give an extremely succinct analysis on the transition from the swing era to bebop and from bebop to the avant garde