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This exhibit was displayed at Booth Library January 11 - April 6, 2013

About the Exhibit

America’s Music: A Film History of Our Popular Music from

Blues to Bluegrass to Broadway brought together scholars, musicians, students and community members to gain new perspectives on American music, culture and history. The program featured screenings of documentary films on six uniquely American genres: blues and gospel, Broadway, jazz, bluegrass and country, rock ‘n’ roll, and mambo and hip hop. Scholars will gave presentations to contextualize the films and led discussions following the screenings.

Additionally, the programs included performances, panel discussions, research presentations and related lectures. A variety of exhibits that highlight different genres and themes of American popular music were displayed at Booth Library. Libraries in Danville, Decatur, Marshall, Paris, Robinson and Shelbyville also will host film screenings and discussions as part of the series.

Program sponsors: Eastern Illinois University College of Arts and Humanities, Booth Library, Doudna Fine Arts Center, Ruth and Vaughn Jaenike Access to the Arts Outreach Program, Coles County Arts Council, Tribeca Film Institute, National Endowment for the Humanities, American Library Association and the Tribeca Flash Point Media Arts Academy.

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History | Music | United States History

America's Music: A Film History of Our Popular Music from Blues to Bluegrass to Broadway