Singing for Change: Folk Music and the Environmental Movement on the Hudson
Where: New-York Historical Society
170 Central Park West
212-873-3400 Price: $20
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Folk music and environmental activism share a long connected history. Join Dr. Stephen Petrus in conversation with singer/songwriter Richard Barone as they explore this relationship in the movement to protect the Hudson River, with particular emphasis on Pete Seeger and Clearwater. Together, they will reflect on the use of music as a tool to raise awareness about the Hudson Valley ecosystem and combat the effects of pollution. Plus, Barone will perform songs by Pete Seeger and encourage audience participation!
Ages 21 and up. Wine included in ticket.
ABOUT THE SPEAKERS
Stephen Petrus is a 20th-century U.S. cultural historian at LaGuardia and Wagner Archives at LaGuardia Community College. At the Museum of the City of New York in 2015, he curated the exhibition Folk City: New York and the Folk Music Revival and was co-author of the accompanying book, published by Oxford University Press. His essays have been published in Studies in Popular Culture, New York History, and Los Angeles Review of Books, and his research has been supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Pew Foundation. His next book will be a cultural history of Greenwich Village in the 1950s and ‘60s.
Richard Barone is an acclaimed recording artist, performer, producer, and author. Since pioneering the indie rock scene in Hoboken, New Jersey, as frontman for The Bongos and then helping to launch the chamber pop movement with his solo debut “cool blue halo,” Barone has produced countless studio recordings and worked with artists in every musical genre. Collaborators have included Tony Visconti, Beach Boy Al Jardine, Sean Lennon, Dion, John Sebastian, Alejandro Escovedo, Donovan, Moby, the late Lou Reed, and American folk icon Pete Seeger. He has scored shows and staged all-star concert events at such venues as Carnegie Hall, the Hollywood Bowl, and New York’s Central Park. His memoir Frontman: Surviving The Rock Star Myth was published by Hal Leonard Books. His latest album Sorrows & Promises is a celebration of the early 1960s music scene in Greenwich Village, where Barone lives. He is affiliated with the Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music at New York University and The New School University of Jazz & Contemporary Music, serves on the Board of Governors of the Recording Academy (GRAMMYs), and on the Board of Advisors of Anthology Film Archives. Photo by Bernadeta SerafinBuy tickets/get more info now