Seize the Beat: A Look Inside American Music

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Presented in partnership with Fairfield University’s Open Minds Institute. Instructor Brian Q. Torff’s new book follows the development of American music from its African roots to the juke joint, club, and concert hall, revealing a culture perpetually reinventing itself to suit the next generation.

The story of American popular music is steeped in social history, race, gender, and class, its evolution driven by ephemeral connection to young audiences. From Benny Goodman to Sinatra to Elvis Presley to the Beatles, pop icons age out of the art form while new musical styles pass from relevance to nostalgia within a few years. At the same time, perennial forms like blues, jazz, and folk are continually rediscovered by new audiences.

Use code HNYMINDS for a special price of $200 for the entire session. Register here.


February 8
10:30 am - 12:00 pm
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