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Benjamin Filene’s talk will feature roots music

Dr. Benjamin Filene, director of Public History in the Department of History, will discuss his book “Public Memory & American Roots Music: Romancing the Folk.” In this book, “Filene moves beyond the usual boundaries of folk music to consider a wide range of performers who drew on or were drawn into the canon of American roots music — from Lead Belly and Woody Guthrie, to Muddy Waters and Willie Dixon, to Pete Seeger and Bob Dylan. Challenging traditional accounts that would confine folk music revivalism to the 1930s and 1960s, he argues instead that the desire to preserve and popularize America’s musical heritage is a powerful current that has run throughout this century’s culture and continues to flow today.”

The talk will be Tuesday, April 8, 4 p.m., Multicultural Resource Center, EUC.