Program: Blacks, Whites, and American Popular Music at Durham Public Library, March 20th, 2011

By , March 16, 2011

The Durham County Library’s North Carolina Collection brings you a program entitled Sincere Forms of Flattery:  Blacks, Whites, and American Popular Music, which will be held Sunday, March 20 at 3:00 in the Main Library Auditorium, 300 N. Roxboro Street.

Durham’s own Billy Stevens will talk about American popular music as a product of the South’s unique culture. Focusing on North Carolina and Durham in particular, he uses musical instruments and rare recordings to illustrate the relationship between blues, ragtime, and the tobacco culture of the Piedmont. The result is a better understanding of how our music reflects America’s social fabric, affirming the contributions of performers both famous and forgotten.

Stevens has extensive international touring experience, speaking throughout the world about American music, as well as many years experience as a solo artist with a variety of bands. He has a master’s degree from the University of Mississippi’s Center for the Study of Southern Culture.

For more information, please contact Lynn Richardson at the North Carolina Collection, Durham County Library, (919) 560-0171 or

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