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The Gospel Roots of Rock and Roll

Sister Rosetta Tharpe attained great popularity in the 1930s and 1940s with her gospel recordings that were a unique mixture of spiritual lyrics and early rock and roll. She became …

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Replay: Jazz and Civil Rights

Antonio Garcia (Virginia Commonwealth University) says that the personal and professional lives of musicians such as Louis Armstrong, Miles Davis, and John Coltrane cannot be divorced from the struggle for …

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Jazz and Civil Rights

Antonio Garcia (Virginia Commonwealth University) says that the personal and professional lives of musicians such as Louis Armstrong, Miles Davis, and John Coltrane cannot be divorced from the struggle for …

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Replay: Ten Cents a Dance

During and despite the Great Depression, the entertainment industry produced what some consider the greatest era of popular music.  Elliot Majerczyk (Virginia Foundation for the Humanities) looks at the songs …

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Replay: Old World Beat

Klezmer music, once rooted in the Jewish religious tradition, is now being played on festival stages, nightclubs and concert halls throughout the world.  Many of the roots of American Jazz …

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Ten Cents a Dance

During and despite the Great Depression, the entertainment industry was working overtime.  The roughest years in American history produced what many consider the greatest era of popular music.  Elliot Majerczyk …

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A Musical Bridge to China

What do you get when you combine 150 singers from five American choral groups with an 55-piece/member Chinese orchestra and put them under the direction of  Virginia Commonwealth University conductor …

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Replay: Middle Eastern Melodies

Most Americans are only superficially acquainted with Middle Eastern music, as presented in movie soundtracks. However, music from the Arabic speaking countries is very diverse and is integral to the …

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Middle Eastern Melodies

Most Americans are only superficially acquainted with Middle Eastern music, as presented in movie soundtracks. However, music from the Arabic speaking countries is very diverse and is integral to the …

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Replay: The Crooked Road

“The Crooked Road” is Virginia’s Musical Heritage Trail. It runs from the Eastern slopes of the Blue Ridge Mountains to the coalfields of deep Southwest Virginia and seeks to honor and celebrate the old-time bluegrass …

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Old World Beat

Klezmer music, once rooted in the Jewish religious tradition, is now being played on festival stages, nightclubs and concert halls throughout the world. Many of the roots of American Jazz …

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The Crooked Road

“The Crooked Road” is Virginia’s Musical Heritage Trail. It runs from the Eastern slopes of the Blue Ridge Mountains to the coalfields of deep Southwest Virginia and seeks to honor …