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Neilly Series takes on blues, rock 'n' roll

Headlam
Headlam

Music theorist David Headlam will discuss the history of blues and rock 'n' roll at 4 p.m., Thursday, January 24, in Strong Auditorium when the Neilly Series presents "Blues to Rock: Eric Clapton and Jimmy Page Discover Robert Johnson and Muddy Waters."

Accompanied by live music, Headlam, associate professor of music theory at the Eastman School of Music, will discuss the roots of rock 'n' roll in African-American music and describe how British musicians of the '60s tapped into the many strains of the American blues genre.

Comparing the original versions of songs by Robert Johnson, Muddy Waters, and other blues legends with their rock reworkings, the music theorist will show how an obscure brand of American music became the basis for a worldwide phenomenon.

Headlam's presentation is the fifth of the 2001-02 Neilly Series, a lecture program that brings prominent figures in the arts and sciences to the University. The series is sponsored by the Andrew H. and Janet Dayton Neilly Endowed Fund of the River Campus Libraries. For more information, call x5-4461.



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