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American popular music reflects what is happening in the broader society at specific times,
and presents a lens for viewing broad social, cultural, political, and historic trends.

WKU Libraries is pleased to provide America’s Music: A Film History of our Popular Music from Blues to Bluegrass to Broadway. This series will consist of seven sessions dealing with different musical genres that were born from—and reflect—uniquely American aspects of our history and culture.

Without Broadway, there would be no Glee. Without the Mississippi Delta, there would be no Blues.
And the story of the South Bronx is the story of Mambo and Hip-Hop.

Each session will have a short film, which will be introduced by an expert in that genre. After the film, the expert will discuss and lead an interactive discussion on what that genre reflects about American culture.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Rock imageFilm: The History of Rock n Roll: Episode 6, Plugging In [from Bob Dylan acoustic to Haight-Asbury electric]
Speaker: Kevin White, Mineral Area College
WKU Music Hall, Choral Rehearsal Room, 7 p.m.

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Interactive discussion: The roles of Women and the Sociology of Popular Music
Steven Groce, WKU Department of Sociology
7 p.m., Location TBA

Tuesday, April 2, 2013Image of Bill Monroe

Film: High Lonesome: The Story of Bluegrass Music
Speaker: Erika Brady, WKU Folk Studies & Barren River Breakdown co-host

 WKU Music Hall, Choral Rehearsal Room, 7 p.m.

BroadwayTuesday, April 9, 2013

Broadway: The American Musical Episode 2: Syncopated City (1920s-era Broadway)
Speaker: Michelle Dvoskin, WKU Department of Theatre & Dance
WKU Music Hall, Choral Rehearsal Room, 7 p.m.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013Blues

Film 1: Martin Scorsese’s The Blues Episode 1: Feel Like Going Home
Film 2: Say Amen, Somebody (Gospel music)
Speakers: Clay Motley, WKU Honors College, and John Edumunds, Gospel Artist (The John Edmonds' Gospel Truth)
WKU Music Hall, Choral Rehearsal Room, 7 p.m.

JazzTuesday, April 23, 2013

Film 1: Ken Burns Presents Jazz, Episode 6: The Velocity of Celebration
Film 2: International Sweethearts of Rhythm
Marshall Scott, WKU Music Department
(with assistance from John Martin and Wayne Pope)
WKU Music Hall, Choral Rehearsal Room, 7 p.m.

Tuesday, April 30, 2013From Mambo to Hip-Hop

Film 1: Latin Music USA Episode 1: Bridges
Film 2: From Mambo to Hip-Hop: A South Bronx Tale
Speakers: Audrey Gossom (DJ Diamond), WKU Alum and local Hip-Hop DJ, and Mark Berry, WKU Music Department
WKU Music Hall, Choral Rehearsal Room, 7 p.m.

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