Join us as Professor Patrick Burke (Music) discusses his latest book, Tear Down the Walls: White Radicalism and Black Power in 1960s Rock (University of Chicago Press, 2021).
From the earliest days of rock and roll, white artists regularly achieved fame, wealth, and success that eluded the Black artists whose work had preceded and inspired them. This dynamic continued into the 1960s, even as the music and its fans grew to be more engaged with political issues regarding race. In Tear Down the Walls, Patrick Burke tells the story of white American and British rock musicians’ engagement with Black Power politics and African American music during the volatile years of 1968 and 1969.
Free and open to all, pre-registration required.