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The Sounds of the City

Nov 29th 2016 @ city lore

New York, NY
I Was There
Tuesday, November 29th, 2016
7:00 PM
city lore
56 E 1st St, New York, NY 10003
New York City has generated a major chunk of American popular music.  We'll explore:
They All Sang on the Corner: How the vocal group harmony music that became known as “doo-wop”— with examples from black, white, and integrated groups and from all five boroughs — in its innocence and its quest for harmony, so beautifully conveyed the poetry of inner-city life.  
The Long Rhythm Road:  From Ragtime to Rock (‘n Roll):  “The Blues had a baby, and they called it rock ‘n’ roll.”  The American musical journey from ragtime to jazzed-up popular song, “rhythm and blues,” and rock ‘n’ roll shows that, for the American musical and dancing public, “rhythm saved the world” (as in a Louis Armstrong song).  Plus:  What was the first rock ‘n’ roll record?  
Bridges of Song:  The mutual inspiration and cross-fertilization between African-American and American-Jewish music in New York City — especially in Harlem -- transformed American popular music and created much of the soundtrack of the 20th century.  We’ll listen in on the ongoing musical conversation between Blacks and Jews. Lectures and discussions led by musicologist Robert Cohen, who has taught New York City songs at the New School, where he worked with Richie Havens, Pete Seeger, Peter Yarrow, Liz Swados, and many other artists and musicians.
Three sessions on Tuesdays: November 29th, and December 6th and 13th
Illustration by Maxine Marie