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  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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.…

  • New Orleans Jazz Museum
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    New Orleans Jazz Museum

    New Orleans is considered the birthplace of jazz music. The New Orleans Jazz Museum houses the largest collection of jazz music related materials in the world. Curator David Kunian talked about the origins of jazz in…

  • Philadelphias Influence on Music in 1968
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    Philadelphia's Influence on Music in 1968

    Panelists talked about the opening of the Electric Factory, a concert venue that introduced rock ‘n’ roll to Philadelphia, bringing in artists such as Bob Dylan and Jimi Hendrix. The…

  • Washington Journal Erich Bergen  Henry Donahue Discuss Federal Funding of Arts Programs
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    Erich Bergen and Henry Donahue on Federal Funding of Arts Programs

    Actor Erich Bergen and VH1 Save the Music Foundation’s Henry Donahue talked about federal funding of arts programs.

  • Recording Artist Smokey Robinson Testifies on Copyright Laws
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    Music Creation and Copyright

    Recording artist Smokey Robinson along with other musicians, songwriters and music industry executives testified at a hearing on updating federal music licensing, copyright and royalty…

  • Mountain Music Archives
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    Mountain Music Archives

    The music of Appalachia is a mix of African and European cultures. Warren Wilson College collected a decade of interviews and live performances during the 1960s and '70s to preserve the sounds of Appalachian…

  • Dolly Partons Imagination Librarys 100 Millionth Book Donation
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    Dolly Parton's Imagination Library's 100 Millionth Book Donation

    Singer-songwriter Dolly Parton talked about her Imagination Library book gifting program and read from her book, Coat of Many Colors, which she donated to the Library of Congress.

  • Shamrock Bowl Presentation Musical Presentation
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    Shamrock Bowl Presentation, Musical Presentation

    Musicians performed at the annual shamrock bowl presentation ceremony at the White House. Every year on or before March 17, the Irish prime minister travels to Washington, D.C., and…

  • Discussion on the History of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir
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    Mormon Tabernacle Choir

    Ron Jarrett talked about the history of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and its importance to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Organist Richard Elliott also talked about playing one of the…

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