NEUMANN LECTURE ON MUSIC- Storyteller of the Shadowland: Marginalized Identity at the Roots of 'Americana' Dr. Robynn Stilwell, speaker


7:30 PM - 12:00 AM
Ukrop Auditorium, Robins School of Business
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Robynn Stilwell (Georgetown University) is a musicologist whose research centers on the meaning of music as an expression, or impression, of movement through space and narrative. Her lecture will focus on songwriter Robbie Robertson. Canadian by nationality, but half-Mohawk and half-Ashkenazy Jewish by ethnicity, Robertson was the primary songwriter of the seminal roots group, The Band. For his first album (1987) Robertson turned to his Indigenous roots and conceived a parallel American history, created by songs, dances, folk tales, and legends. Stilwell will discuss how Robbie Robertson's life and work uniquely sit at the center of debates about authenticity and identity, and between insider authority and outsider perspective.

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