Engaging Methuen Readers

Troubadours & Troublemakers

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On Thursday July 30th at 7pm, Kevin Comtois will be coming by the Nevins Memorial Library to talk about three very important singers whose music and politics were influential in the growing American music scene.

This presentation will examine three of the greatest protest singers of the twentieth century: Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger and Bob Dylan. Using recorded music, film clips and still images, we will take an American journey through history and geography. We will start by using music to examine the social and economic conditions of the Great Depression as we follow Woody Guthrie through the Dust Bowl. We will then travel across the United States as Woody works his way to New York City where we meet Peter Seeger. We’ll leave Woody to follow the travels of Pete as he sings his way through the American heartland, World War II, McCarthyism, the Civil Rights movement and the 1950s folk revival where we meet Bob Dylan. We will then leave Pete to examine Dylan’s songs that outlines the social and political conditions in the 60s. We will examine Dylan’s evolution to rock and roll and end with his classic performance at the 1965 Newport Folk Festival.

For further reading and listening on this subject, check out the following books or musical CDs:

Woody Guthrie: a life by Joe Klein

Woody at 100:  the Woody Guthrie centennial [musical CD]

Bound for Glory by Woody Guthrie

How Can I Keep from Singing: Pete Seeger by David King Dunaway

Pete Seeger: in his own words by Pete Seeger

The Storm King [sound recording]:  stories, narratives, poems:  spoken word set to a world of music

Pete Seeger’s Greatest Hits [musical CD]

Dylan: the biography by Dennis McDougal

Chronicles. Volume One by Bob Dylan

Bob Dylan’s Greatest Hits. v. I-III [musical CDs]

Dylan Goes Electric!: Newport, Seeger, Dylan, and the night that split the sixties by Elijah Wald

33 Revolutions per Minute:  a history of protest songs from Billie Holiday to Green Day by Dorian Lynskey

Click here to register for the Troubadours & Troublemakers program at the Nevins Memorial Library.

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