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  • emSongs of Americaem
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    Songs of America

    Musician Tim McGraw and Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer Jon Meacham provided a history of American history through song.

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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.

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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'…

  • 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.

  • emBlackoutem
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    Radio personality Paul Porter talked about his book Blackout: My 40 Years in the Music Business, in which he looks at the inner workings of the music industry.

  • Thomas Dolby Discusses emThe Speed of Soundem
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    The Speed of Sound

    Thomas Dolby talked about his book, The Speed of Sound: Breaking the Barriers Between Music and Technology. He spoke at the 15th annual Annapolis Book Festival. This program contains…

  • Panel Discussion on HipHop and Literature
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    Panel Discussion on Hip-Hop and Literature

    Panelists talked about hip-hop and literature. Panelists included MK Asante, author of Buck: A Memoir; Michael Eric Dyson, author of Know What I Mean?: Reflections on Hip Hop; James B. Paterson, author…

  • emLegions of Boomem
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    Legions of Boom

    Oliver Wang talked about his book Legions of Boom: Filipino American Mobile DJ Crews in the San Francisco Area, in which he discusses the sizable Filipino population of northern California and the influence…

  • Interview with Luther Campbell
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    Interview with Luther Campbell

    Luther Campbell talked about his book The Book of Luke: My Fight for Truth, Justice, and Liberty City, in which he talks about his involvement in the hip-hop group 2 Live Crew and the…

  • emSinging for Freedomem
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    Singing for Freedom

    Scott Gac talked about his book, Singing for Freedom: The Hutchinson Family Singers and the Nineteenth Century Culture of Antebellum Reform, about one of the most famous American family singing groups of the…

  • emNothing But Love in Gods Waterem
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    Nothing But Love in God's Water

    Robert Darden talked about his book Nothing But Love in God’s Water, in which he explores the history of gospel music and its role in African-American history.

  • Stephen Witt on emHow Music Got Freeem
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    How Music Got Free

    Stephen Witt talked about his book How Music Got Free: The End of an Industry, the Turn of the Century, and the Patient Zero of Piracy, in which he recounts the creation of the MP3 and the…

  • emNothing But Love in Gods Waterem
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    Nothing But Love in God's Water

    Robert Darden talked about his book, Nothing But Love in God’s Water: Black Sacred Music from the Civil War to the Civil Rights Movement, in which he explores the history of gospel music and its role in…

  • emStare in the Darknessem
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    Stare in the Darkness

    Lester Spence talked about his book, Stare in the Darkness: The Limits of Hip-hop and Black Politics, about the influence of hip-hop music on politics. This interview, conducted at Johns Hopkins…

  • Macons Music History
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    Macon's Music History

    Jessica Walden, owner of Rock Candy Tours, talked about the Macon, Georgia’s early music history, including the Douglass Theatre, and the largest African American music agency at the time. Musicians Little…

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