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March 21, 2000 -- No. 161

 

Pioneering scholar to address country music culture

CHAPEL HILL -- Historian Bill C. Malone, known for his ground-breaking cultural studies of Southern folk and country music, will discuss "Take This Job and Shove It: Country Music and Work," March 29 at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

The free, public talk will be held at 7 p.m. in the Tate-Turner-Kuralt Building auditorium, located at 301 Pittsboro St.

Malone is the first Lehman Brady Chair Professor in Documentary Studies and American Studies, a new joint professorship created at Duke University and UNC-CH.

Malone, retired professor emeritus in the Tulane University history department, holds a joint visiting faculty appointment at the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke and in the American studies curriculum at UNC-CH for the spring 2000 semester. Duke coordinates the professorship, which is supported by two endowment funds: one established at the Center for Documentary Studies by the Lyndhurst Foundation and the other by the bequest to Duke of Lehman Brady, a Durham attorney who died in 1995.

This spring, Malone is teaching "Women and Country Music," a seminar offered at both Duke and Carolina exploring the contributions made by women in shaping the music of the South, from folk origins through the era of commercialization in the 20th century. The course not only delves into women's roles as music-makers, according to event organizers, but it also investigates how women defined their lives and communicated through music.

Malone, recipient of a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship for the study of country music and the Southern working class, has published widely. His books include "Country Music U.S.A., Stars of Country Music" and "Southern Music/American Music."

He produced and annotated the Smithsonian Collection of Classic Country Music, and he has written numerous journal and encyclopedia articles. A popular panelist, lecturer and teacher, Malone delivered the 34th Annual Mercer University Lamar Memorial Lectures, "Romance, Realism, and the Musical Culture of the Southern Plain Folk," published in 1993 as Singing Cowboys and Musical Mountaineers by University of Georgia Press.

Malone’s appearance is co-sponsored by the Curriculum in Folklore and the American studies department at UNC-CH. For more information, call 962-4062 or 962-4965.

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