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Upcoming author events at the Rock Hall

By Rich Heldenfels Published: April 29, 2014

The offical word: This May, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s Library and Archives will host two Author Series events: Greg Kot, author of I’ll Take You There: Mavis Staples, The Staple Singers and the March Up Freedom’s Highway on Saturday, May 3 at 1 p.m. and Richie Unterberger, author of the two-volume 1960s folk-rock history, Turn! Turn! Turn!/Eight Miles High on Saturday, May 31 at 1 pm.  Both events will take place in the Reading Room of the Rock Hall’s Library and Archives located at 2809 Woodland Avenue in downtown Cleveland. 

These events are FREE with a reservation. Seating is limited. Reservations can be made through the Rock Hall website at https://tickets.rockhall.com or at the Rock Hall Box Office.  After the presentations, both authors will answer questions from the audience and participate in a book signing.

MORE ABOUT THE EVENTS:

Author Series event with Greg Kot 
Saturday, May 3, 2014 at 1 pm
Library Reading Room, Rock Hall’s Library and Archives located at 2809 Woodland Avenue, Cleveland

Kot will present on and do a short reading from his most recent book, I’ll Take You There: Mavis Staples, The Staple Singers and the March Up Freedom’s Highway.

In this definitive, authorized biography of Mavis Staples, acclaimed music journalist and author Greg Kot has not only written an engrossing history of Mavis Staples and her fascinating life, but an incredibly rich tale of her multi-faceted role in the music, culture, and race relations which are at the roots of contemporary America.

Kot’s book is surprising—including revelations like Bob Dylan’s marriage proposal to Mavis Staples—and, at the same time, informs, proving an intimate, revealing, and honest portrait of Mavis and her interactions with major cultural icons like Sam Cooke, Aretha Franklin, Prince, Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy, and many, many more. The Staples family and their gospel-infused music were also a direct source of inspiration to Martin Luther King, Jr., and they appeared beside him at rallies in churches and auditoriums, essentially serving as his opening act.

Greg Kot has been the music critic at the Chicago Tribune since 1990.  Kot is cohost of the nationally syndicated public-radio program Sound Opinions and the author of several books, including Wilco: Learning How to Die and Ripped: How the Wired Generation Revolutionized Music. He lives in Chicago. 

Author Series event with Richie Unterberger 
Saturday, May 31, 2014 at 1 pm
Library Reading Room, Rock Hall’s Library and Archives located at 2809 Woodland Avenue, Cleveland.

Unterberger will present on his two-volume 1960s folk-rock history, Turn! Turn! Turn!/Eight Miles High, showing rare audiovisual material of greats like Bob Dylan, the Byrds, Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, Simon & Garfunkel, and Donovan. He'll also talk about research he's done at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this spring for an expanded ebook edition of these books, Jingle Jangle Morning, which combines both volumes into one. 

Turn! Turn! Turn! and Eight Miles High tell the story of how folk and rock merged in the 1960s to create folk-rock, injecting social consciousness and poetic lyricism into popular music to scale heights that neither folk nor rock could have reached without blending. Starting with the folk revival of the early 1960s, they cover the folk-rock movement from the first stars to electrify folk (especially the Byrds and Bob Dylan) to stars like Buffalo Springfield, Joni Mitchell, and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, as well as underrated greats and nearly unknown cult artists. All branches of the decade's folk-rock are covered, from early electric folk-rock, protest folk-rock, and folk-rock-psychedelia to singer-songwriters, country-rock, and the distinctively British form of folk-rock.

Previously published in two separate volumes, the ebook edition Jingle Jangle Morning: Folk-Rock in the 1960s combines the books into one, adding 15,000 words of updates and new material. It also adds a 75,000-word mini-book with in-depth descriptions of nearly 200 folk-rock recordings from the era, which together would comprise the ideal 1960s folk-rock box set.

San Francisco resident Richie Unterberger is the author of numerous rock history books, including Unknown Legends of Rock'n'Roll and a two-part history of 1960s folk-rock, Turn! Turn! Turn! and Eight Miles High. His book The Unreleased Beatles: Music and Film won a 2007 Association for Recorded Sound Collections Award for Excellence in Historical Recorded Sound Research. His latest books are White Light/White Heat: The Velvet Underground Day-By-Day and Won't Get Fooled Again: The Who from Lifehouse to Quadrophenia.

He gives regular presentations on rock and soul history throughout the Bay Area incorporating rare vintage film clips and audio recordings, at public libraries and other venues. He teaches community education courses on rock history at the College of Marin. For more info, go to richieunterberger.com.

The Rock Hall’s Author Series brings journalists, critics and scholars to the Library and Archives for free readings and discussion sessions.  Authors of both new books and classic texts will be invited on a regular basis.

The Library and Archives is at 2809 Woodland Avenue in Cleveland, Ohio. The facility is at the corner of Woodland Avenue and East 30th Street, in a shared building with the Tommy LiPuma Center for Creative Arts of Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C). This is approximately two miles southeast of the Museum. Parking is free. From the garage, enter the building's back entrance, take the elevator on the left to the first floor, enter the lobby, and look for the entrance to the Library and Archives on the left.  For a map of the Tri-C Metro Campus, visit http://www.tric.edu/campuses/metro/Documents/MetroMap2010.pdf.

About the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, Inc. is the nonprofit organization that exists to educate visitors, fans and scholars from around the world about the history and continuing significance of rock and roll music. It carries out this mission through its operation of a world-class museum that collects, preserves, exhibits and interprets this art form and through its library and archives as well as its educational activities.

The Museum is open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. On Wednesdays (and Saturdays through Labor Day), the Museum is open until 9 p.m. Museum admission is $22 for adults, $18 for adult residents of Greater Cleveland, $17 for seniors (65+), $13 for youth (9-12), children under 8 are free. A 6% Admission Tax that goes to support Cleveland Metropolitan Schools is added to each ticket at purchase. Museum Members are always free, for information or to join the membership program call 216. 515.8425. For general inquiries, please call 216.781.ROCK (7625) or visit www.rockhall.com.  The Ohio Arts Council supports the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans. The Museum is also generously funded by Cuyahoga County residents through Cuyahoga Arts and Culture.
 

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