America’s Music: Country & Bluegrass and Rock

Logo of the America's Music programCome celebrate the history of American music at the Columbia Public Library with six nights of film and discussion. Throughout October and November, the library will host a series of programs featuring excerpts from popular documentaries like “Martin Scorsese Presents the Blues” and “Jazz : A Film By Ken Burns.” Faculty members from the University of Missouri will be on hand to introduce the films and lead discussion. The series continues with Country and Bluegrass on October 21 and Rock on October 28. These programs are free and open to the public (no registration required). Visit for more details and a full list of events.

High LonesomeCountry and Bluegrass
Monday, October 21 › 6:30-8 p.m.
Trace the emergence of bluegrass from the Appalachian descendants of Scotch-Irish settlers into a popular subgenre of country music with the film “High Lonesome: The Story of Bluegrass Music” and a discussion led by Dr. Stephanie Shonekan, assistant professor of ethnomusicology at MU.

History of RockRock
Monday, October 28 › 6:30-8 p.m.
Uncover the origins of rock and roll in the rhythms of R&B, the twang of country, the fervor of gospel and the moans of the blues. Watch the film “The History of Rock n’ Roll: Episode 6, Plugging In,” and enjoy a discussion led by Dr. Maya Gibson, professor of musicology at MU.

In addition to these film screenings, there will be related musical performances at the Blue Note and the MU School of Music and panel discussions conducted by MU at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. These events may be paid events and require registration.

America’s Music: A Film History of Our Popular Music from Blues to Bluegrass to Broadway is a project of the Tribeca Film Institute in collaboration with the American Library Association, Tribeca Flashpoint and the Society for American Music. America’s Music has been made possible by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the Human Endeavor.

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