DONAHUE TO DISCUSS, PERFORM ‘BANNED MUSIC’
Not only have controversial books been banned throughout history, but also music. In commemoration of Banned Books Week and the 50th anniversary of the William T. Jerome Library at Bowling Green State University, the Friends of the Library will present “Popular Music Controversies and Banned Popular Music: The Ascent from Low Culture to High Culture,” a talk by Dr. Matthew Donahue, lecturer in the Department of Popular Culture.
The event begins at 1 p.m. Thursday (Sept. 28) in the Pallister Conference Room at the library. Admission is free.
Donahue will cover some of the more memorable moments in popular music history, many of which have resulted in musicians and their music being banned. He will highlight some of the controversies surrounding rock and roll music and its various subgenres from the 1950s to the present and examine how certain popular music styles have gone from being labeled as “low culture” and being banned or controversial to being celebrated and embraced by so-called “high culture” institutions such as museums and universities.
Donahue teaches a variety of courses related to popular music and culture, and is also a recognized musician, artist, filmmaker, and writer. He has written books such as “Taking It to the Streets: An Art Car Experience” and “I’ll Take You There: An Oral and Photographic History of The Hines Farm Blues Club.”