Library event is more than a ‘sing-along’

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Marc Black

Marc Black

The Friends of the Idyllwild Library will present a program featuring the talents of noted musician and singer Marc Black in the library’s Community Room from 1 to 3 p.m. Monday, Sept. 26, focusing on American popular music of the 1950s and 1960s.

The two decades following the end of World War II ushered in tremendous changes in America’s musical environment, due to several forces in action: the growth of the “baby boomer generation” and the parallel growth in the music industry’s recording and distribution facilities. This change involved the spread of folk, country/Western and ethnic musical forms as well as the rock ’n’ roll phenomenon.

By the end of that 20-year period, virtually every radio and television program devoted to music had explored every one of these forms, and every listener and viewer were made aware that (to quote Bob Dylan) the times were a-changing.

American history — whether protest movements such as the civil rights struggle, or the results of teen angst — was reflected in the lyrics in many popular songs, and Black’s presentation is intended to take the audience right along on the historic route, principally through its own participation in that journey. Note that this will not be your usual “sing-along.” Discussion, as well as vocalizing, also will be encouraged.

Black’s career began in his high school years (in the late 1960s) as a member of the band “Blades of Grass” and continued as a solo folk/blues performer and recording artist. Cited by the American Library Association for his production on the album “American Children” in the 1980s, and recently engaged in a multimedia effort called “Sing for the Silenced,” in addition to his lectures and other tours, he has become one of the more interesting performers in the country, and Idyllwild Library is lucky to have him here on relatively short notice.

This is a free event — light refreshment will be available, so bring your hearts, minds and voices together, and sing out.

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