From Slave Spirituals to Hip Hop

 Registration will begin on January 26th at 9:00 AM
From Slave Spirituals to Hip Hop
February 26th, 2014 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

The Social and Political History of American Music. 

Using recorded music, film clips and still images presenter Kevin Comtois, instructor at the Northern Essex Community College, will trace the evolution of American music from the early slave spirituals, through the hugely popular minstrelsy in the late 19th century, to the blues and jazz that developed at the opening of the 20th Century, to the Rock n Roll that was created in the late 40s and early 50s, and ending with the various strains of American popular and topical music of the last thirty years that resulted from the evolution of rock and roll. Throughout the presentation an emphasis will be placed on the social and political context of the music and the messages the songs were attempting to convey.

Age Group: Adults