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Dan Margolies at the CPM
Dr. Dan Margolies, Professor of History at Virginia Wesleyan University, will join
us on March 15th for a presentation on “Reimagined Old Time Music Cultures in the
Trainhopping Punk Rock South”. This talk describes a little known network of radical
musicians, a fluid group of alternative minded DIY anarcho-punks who hop freight trains
like Depression-era hobos and play “old time music” rooted in the traditions of early
20th century rural America. These young musicians have relocated from around the country
to cities and rural homesteads in the contemporary South in search of what they conceive
of as deeply authentic “old time” forms of music, life, and economy. The program will also feature live old-time music by Dr. Margolies and friends!
This event is free and open to all. If you require accommodation to participate in this event, please contact the CPM in advance by phone at 615-898-2449 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dr. Birgitta Johnson on Gospel Music, Beyoncé, and more!
To help us celebrate Women's History Month, ethnomusicologist and gospel music expert Dr. Birgitta Johnson of the University of South Carolina will visit MTSU on Thursday, March 29 for two tantalizing presentations:
“Mountain Highs, Valley Lows: Institutional Archiving of Gospel Music in the 21st Century” (CPM Reading Room, 11:30 am)
These events are free and open to all. If you require accommodation to participate in this event, please contact the CPM in advance by phone at 615-898-2449 or by email at email@example.com.
La Tercera Raíz: In Search of the Origins of Son Jarocho -- Film Screening and Concert with Mexican Musician Camilo Nu
On Monday, April 2 at 7:00 pm, Mexican guitarist Camilo Nu will be on campus for a showing of the documentary La Tercera Raíz (The Third Root), followed by a live performance. In the acclaimed film, Nu seeks the roots of son jarocho, a traditional music of Veracruz that has Spanish and African origins. He travels through Southern Spain and North Africa to collaborate with local musicians. As his journey gets farther from home he is unexpectedly confronted with his own fragmented African heritage that he inherited through his absent father.
Join Us for Our Spring Popular Music Studies Brown Bag Series!
Bring your lunch and join us in the CPM reading room (BRAGG 140) for our spring brown bags. All events take place at 11:30 am. Dessert provided!
- Wednesday, February 21 - Trump and Music / Dr. Joe Morgan
- Tuesday, March 20 - Elliott Smith's Ballads of Being and Nothingness: Indie Rock and the Existential Tradition / Dr. Shaun Cullen
- Tuesday, April 10 - 20 Feet from the Stacks: An Archivist's Perspective on Research / Donna Baker
Opera and Musical Theater Exhibit from the Gene Jones Collection
Visit the CPM reading room to see our newest exhbit, which features items from the Gene Jones Collection!
A prolific collector and researcher of all forms of musical theater, as well as ragtime and jazz music, Mr. Jones boasts an impressive career as a successful music historian and actor. This exhibit, created by CPM Archivist Rachel Morris, is offered in conjunction with the MTSU School of Music's conference, "Opera and Musical Theater in the United States," March 23-25, 2018.
To learn more about the Gene Jones Collection: http://popmusic.mtsu.edu/archives/inventory/GeneJones.htm
To learn more about the Opera and Musical Theater conference: https://www.mtsu.edu/music/operaconference.php
The MTSU Center for Popular Music announces the completion of the Marvin Hedrick Audio Collection website, a digitization and cataloging project funded by the GRAMMY Foundation (now part of the GRAMMY Museum). The collection includes historically significant recordings of bluegrass and country music made by influential documentarian Marvin Hedrick in Brown County, Indiana between 1954 and 1973. The Hedrick Collection was donated to the Center for Popular Music by Marvin’s sons, Gary Hedrick and David Hedrick in 2015.
Each item in the collection was evaluated, preserved, and digitized in the Center’s state-of-the-art audio preservation lab, then catalogued with essential data such as song titles, performers, and dates, using CONTENTdm archival management software. A Finding Aid was also created, giving an overview of the collection and its contents. The Marvin Hedrick Audio Collection is searchable through its dedicated website. One audio sample from each tape is provided as streaming audio for educational purposes. The entirety of the collection’s digitized contents is available to researchers on-site at the Center for Popular Music.
2016-2017 Annual Report
The Center for Popular Music's Annual Report is now available for your reading pleasure! Catch up with the staff of the CPM and read about our recent acquisitions and events. The report is available here or if you go to About CPM and click on Annual Reports. Happy reading!
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