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CCL: Sincere Forms of Flattery: Blacks, Whites, and American Popular Music

May 11 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Free

Join us for an afternoon discussion on “Sincere Forms of Flattery: Blacks, Whites, and American Popular Music”; an in-depth look at how historic interactions between African Americans and European Americans shaped the evolution of American popular music. With its roots in slavery and the fusion of musical traditions brought from both Africa and Europe, American music is a natural outgrowth of the unique culture of the American South. From rap stars to rock ‘n’ rollers, gospel shouters to big band crooners, from Stephen Foster to Elvis Presley, a pattern of contact and conflict between white and black cultures fueled the creation of confluent musical forms recognized worldwide as distinctly American.

Using musical instruments as well as rare recordings, North Carolina Humanities Council Road Scholar Billy Stevens helps his audience understand the relationship between jazz and blues, ragtime and gospel, and how the first distinctly American musical genre, blackface minstrelsy, has influenced country musicians up to the present day. The result is a better understanding of how our music reflects America’s social fabric, affirming the contributions of performers both famous and forgotten while empowering minority communities often relegated to obscurity

This event is free and open to the public and is made possible with funding from the North Carolina Humanities Council.

Details

Date:
May 11
Time:
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Cost:
Free
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Website:
https://www.chathamnc.org/Home/Components/Calendar/Event/28199/1445

Organizer

Chatham County Library
Phone:
919-545-8084
Email:
sclayton@chathamlibraries.org
Website:
www.chathamlibraries.org

Venue

Chatham County Library – Pittsboro
197 NC Hwy 87 N
Pittsboro, NC 27312 United States
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Phone:
(919) 545-8085

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