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Troubadours & Troublemakers: The Music and Politics of Guthrie, Seeger, and Dylan, June 8, 2016

Presented by Kevin Comtois

Wednesday, June 8, 2016, 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Community Room, Needham Free Public Library
1139 Highland Avenue, Needham, MA

Friends of the Library Annual Meeting

Free and open to the public

Sponsored by the Friends of the Needham Public Library

The public is invited to join Friends of the Needham Public Library for its annual meeting and program, starting at 7:00 p.m., in the Community Room. There will be a review of finances, including income from membership and book sales, and of expenditures to benefit the Library in 2015-2016. Officers for 2016-2017 and candidates for the board of directors will be presented for election. Refreshments will be served.

Immediately following the meeting, Kevin Comtois will present an appreciation of "three of the greatest protest singers of the Twentieth Century" through recorded music, film clips, and still images. Guthrie bears witness to the effects of the Great Depression, from the Dust Bowl, across to New York city. Seeger chronicles hardships of the heartland and the upheavals of World War II, McCarthyism, and the Civil Rights movement. Dylan, a voice of the 1950s folk revival, takes on shifting social and political dynamics in the 1960s. At the 1965 Newport Folk Festival, his performance of rock and roll announced a new dimension in his musical commentary.

Kevin Comtois is the author of Troubadours & Troublemakers: The Evolution of American Protest Music. Copies of the book will be available for autograph.

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