Sincere Forms of Flattery: Blacks, Whites, and American Popular Music

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Great Hall at the Earl Scruggs Center
Earl Scruggs Center 103 S. Lafayette St.
Shelby, NC 28150
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In this presentation, Billy Stevens demonstrates how historic interactions between African Americans and European Americans shaped the evolution of American popular music. With its roots in slavery and the fusion of musical traditions brought from both Africa and Europe, American music is a natural outgrowth of the unique culture of the American South. From rap stars to rock ā€˜nā€™ rollers, gospel shouters to big band crooners, from Stephen Foster to Elvis Presley, a pattern of contact and conflict between white and black cultures fueled the creation of confluent musical forms recognized worldwide as distinctly American.

This project is made possible by a grant from the North Carolina Humanities Council, a statewide nonprofit and affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Cost: free
Contact: Haley Wilson
Contact Phone: 704-487-6233
Contact Email: [email protected]

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