Main Library in Warren. Free Admission.
America's Music: A Film History of Our Popular Music from Blues to Bluegrass to Broadway is a six-week program series featuring documentary film screenings and scholar-led discussions of 20th century American popular music.
The six sessions focus on these uniquely American musical genres: Blues and Gospel, Broadway and Tin Pan Alley, Swing Jazz, Country and Bluegrass, Rock ‘n’ Roll, and Mambo and Hip Hop.
Dr. Kenneth J. Bindas, Professor and Chair of the Department of History at Kent State University, will provide introductions to each program and then lead the discussions after the film screenings.
All sessions will be held at the Main Library in Warren. Admission is free.
About America's Music
America’s Music, designed for a general audience, will introduce genres of 20th century American popular music that are deeply connected to the history, culture, and geography of the United States. Older and younger audience members alike will have the chance to recognize how the cultural landscape today has been influenced by the development of the popular musical forms discussed in the series.
The onset of the 20th century brought pervasive changes to American society. During the early part of the century, these social changes combined with new technologies to create a mass market for popular music that evolved over the next hundred years.
The America’s Music series is not meant to offer an all-inclusive treatment of 20th century American popular music. Instead, each screening and discussion session will examine an important American musical genre in the context of key social and historical developments, with events in American music history acting as a catalyst for that examination.
The W-TCPL was awarded a $2,500 grant to host America’s Music. The Main Library is one of only 50 sites nationwide selected to present the program series,
About the Films
Click here for more about the films we'll be showing at each session.
For More about the Music
Click here for selected works available through the Warren-Trumbull County Public Library.
America's Music is a project by the Tribeca Film Institute in collaboration with the American Library Association, Tribeca Flashpoint, and the Society for American Music. "America's Music" has been made possible by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the Human Endeavor.
Attend for a chance to win tickets to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum
Each time you attend one of the six America’s Music sessions, you will get a ticket to be entered in a drawing for 4 admission tickets to The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland, Ohio. The more sessions you attend, the more chances you have to win!
The contest ends at 2 p.m. on May 18, 2013. One winner will be picked at random from all entries.
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Martin Scorsese Presents: Feel Like Going Home - Credit: Sony Music/Legacy Recordings
High Lonesome - Bill Monroe and his Bluegrass Boys in the mid-1940s, from the film High Lonesome - The Story of Bluegrass Music
International Sweethearts of Rhythm - International Sweethearts, Tiny Davis on Trumpet - Credit: Jezebel Productions