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Where Music and Culture Intersect: Reflections on Rock

I had the pleasure of talking to Geoffrey Gevalt about music, life, and the unfolding of rock music and its surrounding sources as he grew up. This was so fun because the combination of Geoffrey’s archived experiences and the fact that he is a masterful storyteller meant that he could articulate and paint a picture for those of us who weren’t there in person. This semester I have been gathering interviews with people who work in the music industry or have specifically poignant experiences in order to supplement published books. How can you do justice to a subject so rich as rock music by reading a book? Don’t get me wrong, that’s part of it, and so are the videos, but even all the live footage on a great big screen doesn’t match the hype of a real concert. (not to mention all the added factors of getting there, finding the loo, managing to get better seats somehow and then experiencing the event with however many other people)

For me, experience is a great teacher, and those with experience can be great teachers too. This is the fourth interview. You can find them all listed HERE.

In this 41 min video, Geoffrey and I discuss some important issues relating to music performance. He drops a million names (please do look them all up!), and there are some real seeds for future discussion about the nature of performance and what artists are aiming for – I don’t have answers, but I give these questions to you as listeners, as music lovers, and as performers. Please do start the discussion by leaving a comment, and enjoy!

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3 Comments Post a comment
  1. I love that you two talked rock and roll!

    November 3, 2018
  2. Your edits are wondrous; you make me seem like I’m capable of stringing two sentences together in an almost coherent fashion! 🙂 … It was a delight talking with you, and a delight to talk about music. I so appreciate your having reached out to me and I hope my perspective helped your students see another aspect of the time and the music we all enjoyed.

    Be well.


    October 31, 2018
    • Laura #

      I am sure they will love it! Thank you so very much!!

      October 31, 2018

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