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Folk City: New York and the American Folk Music Revival – with Dr. Stephen Petrus

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Folk City: New York and the American Folk Music Revival – with Dr. Stephen Petrus

Time: April 21, 2016 from 6:30pm to 9pm
Location: The Beacon Sloop Club
Street: 2 Red Flynn Dr.
City/Town: Beacon
Website or Map:
Phone: 845-463-4660, 914-879-1082
Event Type: free, lecture, music
Organized By: Alan Thomas
Latest Activity: Apr 19, 2016

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The Beacon Sloop Club’s winter lecture series continues on Thursday April 21st at 6:30 pm with, Folk City: New York and the American Folk Music Revival – with Dr. Stephen Petrus,  at the Beacon Sloop Clubhouse, 2 Flynn Dr., Beacon NY (adjacent to the harbor, across from the train station). There will be live music provided by the American Center for Folk Music and circle of song following the talk (bring an instrument and join in a Beacon Sloop Club tradition).

    From Washington Square Park and the Gaslight Café to WNYC Radio and Folkways Records, New York City's cultural, artistic, and commercial assets helped to shape a distinctively urban breeding ground for the folk music revival of the 1950s and 60s.  Folk City explores New York's central role in fueling the nationwide craze for folk music in postwar America. Dr. Petrus captures the exuberance of the times as he examines the efforts of record company producers and executives, club owners, concert promoters, folklorists, managers, activists, editors, and writers - and, of course, musicians and audiences.

    Greenwich Village coffee houses were not simply lively venues but incubators of a burgeoning counterculture, where artists from diverse backgrounds honed their performance techniques and challenged social convention.  Come hear the stories of a host of characters including Izzy Young of the Folklore Center, Mike Porco of Gerde's Folk City, and John Hammond of Columbia Records, and the performers such as our own Pete Seeger, Dylan, DaveVan Ronk and many others who brought a new style, largely traditional and rural in background, to urban audiences.

    Stephen Petrus is a twentieth-century U.S. cultural and urban historian.  Currently, he is an Andrew W. Mellon Research Fellow at the New-York Historical Society, where he is working on his second book, a history of Greenwich Village in the 1950s and 60s. At the Museum of the City of New York, he curated the exhibition Folk City in 2015 and was principal author of the show’s accompanying book, published by Oxford University Press.  Petrus has published essays and reviews in Studies in Popular Culture, New York History, and the European Journal of American Culture.  He received his Ph.D. in history from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York and taught at Lehman College in the Bronx.  He has lived in Brooklyn since 2002.

    This event is free and open to the public. For more information visit our website or call (845) 463-4660, (914) 879-1082

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