"As an artist....you must resist."
Cedric Sullivan is a " musician super hero" who fights for the arts and eschews industry and creative restriction seen in corporate culture. He too represents like Ellison's Invisible Man, a counter- cultural cultural critic. He often "leaves the room" and travels away again before his cousin and Mrs. Turner can find him. In the opening of the book, and all throughout he's telling this story to his lady friend in a restaurant. The whole novel is him retelling his life to her.