Apr 2

Joan Baez at Spring Hill College: A Study of Intersecting Histories, a talk by Stephen Kelly

On May 7, 1963 Joan Baez gave a concert at Spring Hill College in Mobile Alabama. On the surface this would seem to be a wholly unremarkable event. After all, in 1963 Joan Baez, who had emerged as the “Queen” of the folk revival, performed on many college campuses. Furthermore, this particular event evokes no stirring memories in the public mind as does, for example, “Three Days of Peace and Music.” However, this little-known performance in Alabama, on the day after Baez had been present at the historic civil rights demonstrations in Birmingham, takes on extraordinary significance when viewed from the intersection of multiple histories: social, musical, institutional, and personal. Using eyewitness accounts, photographs, and a precious unreleased live recording which includes Baez’ comments on the racial climate, the author reveals this larger meaning. Kelly is Carleton's Dye Family Professor of Music.

Thursday, April 2nd, 2009
4:00 – 6:00 pm / Gould Library Athenaeum

Sponsored by Music, American Studies, and the Library. Contact: Tami Little, x5769