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  • Washington Journal Ken Burns Discusses His Documentary Country Music
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    Ken Burns on His Documentary, Country Music

    Award-winning documentary filmmaker Ken Burns talked about his latest project for PBS about the history of country music.

  • emThe Road to Woodstockem
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    The Road to Woodstock

    Michael Lang talked about his memoir The Road to Woodstock: From the Man Behind the Legendary Festival (Ecco; June 30, 2009). A co-founder of the Woodstock Music Festival, he recounts the…

  • Woodstock Music Festival Historic Site
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    Woodstock Music Festival Historic Site

    In August, 1969, Woodstock attracted nearly half a million people to a dairy farm in upstate New York. Wade Lawrence, director and senior curator of the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts…

  • Washington Journal David Farber Discusses the 50th Anniversary of Woodstock
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    David Farber on the 50th Anniversary of Woodstock

    University of Kansas History Professor David Farber, the author of The Age of Great Dreams: America in the 1960s, talked about the 50th anniversary of Woodstock and the counterculture of the…

  • Feminism and 19601970s Popular Music
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    Feminism and 1960-1970s Popular Music

    Indiana University history professor Michael McGerr talked about women and feminism in 1960-1970s popular music. This class was from his course titled “Rock, Hip Hop and Revolution: Popular Music…

  • Music and the Vietnam War
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    Music and the Vietnam War

    Country Joe McDonald and Peter Yarrow talked about the role of music in the anti-Vietnam War movement. Mr. McDonald performed with “Country Joe and the Fish.” Mr. Yarrow was a member of “Peter, Paul and Mary.”…

  • emWhite Supremacy Confrontedem and emJazz and Justiceem
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    White Supremacy Confronted and Jazz and Justice

    Gerald Horne talked about the United States' involvement in Southern Africa and the roots and politics of jazz music, the topics of his two most recent books.

  • emThe Political World of Bob Dylanem
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    The Political World of Bob Dylan

    In his book, The Political World of Bob Dylan, Chad Israelson addressed some of the misconceptions about Bob Dylan’s political views and how the singer has dealt with them over the years. C-SPAN’s…

  • Role of Congress in Music Licensing
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    Role of Congress in Music Licensing

    The Congressional Internet Caucus Academy (CICA) hosted a panel discussion involving the role of Congress in music licensing. Among the speakers were Future of Music Coalition Director…

  • Detroit Music from Jazz to Hip Hop
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    Detroit Music from Jazz to Hip Hop

    Known as the birthplace of Motown, Detroit’s music history goes further back than the soul sounds of Smokey Robinson and Aretha Franklin. In his book Heaven Was Detroit, author M.L. Liebler chronicled the history…

  • Mary Wilson on emSupreme Glamourem
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    Mary Wilson on Supreme Glamour

    Mary Wilson, formerly the Motown musical group the Supremes, talked about her book, Supreme Glamour, in which she discussed her career and weighed in on federal copyright protection for recording…

  • emRockin in the Free Worldem
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    Rockin' in the Free World

    Rockin' in the Free World was one of the second-prize high school east winners in C-SPAN Classroom’s StudentCam documentary contest. Hunter Walterman, Isaac Newman, and Rekha Leonard, sophomores at…

  • Palo Alto Rock and Roll History
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    Palo Alto Rock and Roll History

    Bo Crane talked about Palo Alto’s connections to rock and roll in the 1960's, and how a meeting between Grateful Dead musician Jerry Garcia and counterculture figure Ken Kesey lead to the psychedelic rock…

  • Jesse Jarnow Tim Mohr and Imani Perry on Music and Social Movements
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    Jesse Jarnow, Tim Mohr and Imani Perry on Music and Social Movements

    Authors Jesse Jarnow (Wasn’t That a Time: The Weavers, the Blacklist, and the Battle for the Soul of America), Tim Mohr (Burning Down the Haus: Punk Rock, Revolution, and the Fall of the…

  • Stax Museum of American Soul Music
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    Stax Museum of American Soul Music

    Established in 1957, Stax Records became synonymous with Memphis and southern soul music with acts such as Otis Redding, Isaac Hayes, and the Staples Singers. Executive Director Jeff Kollath tells the story…

  • Archives at Elvis Presleys Graceland
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    Archives at Elvis Presley's Graceland

    The archives at Elvis Presley’s Graceland contain over 1.5 million artifacts from the singer’s personal life and music career. Archivist Angie Marchese showcased some of their more unique items.…

  • Sun Studio
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    Sun Studio

    Known as the “Birth Place of Rock ‘N’ Roll,” Sun Studio ushered in future legends such as Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, and B.B. King. Jason Freeman, of Sun Studio, recounted the studio’s founding and the…

  • emCountry Soulem
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    Country Soul

    Memphis has a rich musical history tied to blues, rock and roll, and soul music. In his book, Country Soul: Making Music and Making Race in the American South, author Charles Hughes talked about Memphis'…

  • President Trump Signs Music Modernization Act
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    Music Modernization Act Signing Ceremony

    President Trump signed the Music Modernization Act into law, which ensures artists who released records prior to 1972 are paid royalties from digital services. Accompanying him were several…

  • Legacy of Musician Buddy Holly
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    Legacy of Musician Buddy Holly

    Buddy Holly, a native of Lubbock, Texas, was only 22 years old when he was killed in a plane crash. Jackie Bober, curator of the Buddy Holly Center, talked about his legacy and his early years in Lubbock.…

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