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America's Music Film Series at the Bristol Public Library — Broadway and Tin Pan Alley

July 29, 2013

The Bristol Public Library is hosting a new six week program series entitled “America’s Music: A Film History of Our Popular Music from Blues to Bluegrass to Broadway.” The series features documentary film screenings and scholar-led discussions of twentieth-century American popular music. The series allows audiences to focus on uniquely American musical genres including blues and gospel, Broadway, jazz, bluegrass and country, rock n’ roll, mambo, and hip hop. The next session—Broadway and Tin Pan Alley—will take place Saturday, August 3 at 11:00 AM in the J. Henry Kegley Meeting Room at the Library. It will focus on Broadway: The American Musical Episode 2: Syncopated City. Sessions will continue on each Saturday through August 17, 2013.

The BPL is one of fifty sites nationwide selected to host this program series and has partnered with Believe in Bristol, The Birthplace of Country Music, and Virginia Intermont to build on the rich music scene in downtown Bristol and our region with this series.

“America’s Music” is designed for a general audience and will introduce genres of twentieth century popular music that are deeply connected to the history, culture, and geography of the United States. Older and younger Americans alike will have the chance to recognize how the cultural landscape that they take for granted today has been influenced by the development of popular music forms discussed in this series. Showing how modern music has been shaped by older styles, the series seeks to enrich, entertain, educate and bridge the gap among generations.

All sessions will be at 11 AM in the J. Henry Kegley Meeting Room at the Bristol Public Library. Some genres will have guest speakers at 2 PM in the meeting rooms and will be announced as they are scheduled.

America’s Music is a project of the Tribeca Film Institute in collaboration with the American Library Association, Tribeca Flashpoint, and the Society of American Music. America’s Music has been made possible by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring Human Endeavor to these organizations.

Other sessions to come include:
Saturday, August 10: Country & Bluegrass
High Lonesome: The Story of Bluegrass Music

Saturday, August 17: Latin Rhythms from Mambo to Hip-Hop
Latin Music USA Episode 1: Bridges
From Mambo to Hip-Hop A South Bronx Tale