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Event: Spirituals to Hip Hop: The Social and Political Evolution of American Music

Monday June 18, 2018
6:00 PM until 8:00 PM


Kevin Comtois will use recorded music, film clips and still images in this presentation that will trace the evolution of American music from the early slave spirituals, through the hugely popular minstrelsy in the late 19th century, to the blues and jazz that developed at the opening of the 20th Century, to the Rock n Roll that was created in the late 40s and early 50s, and ending with the various strains of American popular and topical music of the last thirty years that resulted from the evolution of rock and roll. Throughout the presentation an emphasis will be placed on the social and political context of the music and the messages the songs were attempting to convey. 

Kevin Comtois teaches Advanced Placement United States History, Advanced Placement American Government, American Civics and advises the Model United Nations Club at the Academy of Notre Dame in Tyngsboro, MA. Since 1999 Kevin taught at Northern Essex Community College (NECC), Merrimack College, Quincy College, and The Tsongas Industrial History CenterIn 2015 Kevin published his first book titled Troubadours and Troublemakers: the Evolution of American Protest Music. He currently lives with his wife Maxine in Methuen MA.

Space is limited, sign up required.


Location: APL Teen Lounge
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