Michael Lasser will be lecturing at Livingston Arts on Saturday, August 2nd, 2014 at 1:00 p.m., presenting a talk entitled The Songs of the Great Depression. Mr. Lasser has been discussing this topic for thirty years as a study of popular music as social history, specifically about the America these songs reflect. With the sharp economic decline of the 1930s, the music of the decade also took a decidedly gloomier turn, which included popular songs about social unrest and unemployment that echoed the everyday feeling of most American citizens during the Great Depression.
Along with lecturing, Mr. Lasser has also written two books, America’s Songs: The Stories Behind the Songs of Broadway, Hollywood and Tin Pan Alley and American Songs II: From the 1890s to the Post War Years. Since 1980, he has been the host of the nationally syndicated public radio show, Fascinatin’ Rhythm and was also the theatre critic for the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle for twenty years. Michael Lasser has lectured all over the country at various museums and universities including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Cornell University, Rochester Institute of Technology and the Smithsonian National Museum of American Art.
This event is free of charge and will be held at Livingston Arts Center, 4 Murray Hill Drive, Mount Morris. For more information, please feel free to contact Livingston Arts by either calling 243-6785, or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.