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Swinging Our Way to Victory: American Popular Music of the World War II Era

Kevin Comtois portrait with guitar.

NECC Professor Kevin Comtois

This audio visual presentation will review American popular music from the World War II Era. Beginning with the Tin Pan Alley, Minstrel and Jazz music so popular in the 1920s and 30s, this presentation will examine how the subject matter, style and purpose of American music changed with the eruption of war in Europe and Asia and the impact here at home. By reviewing American popular music of the World War II era, we will also be examining issues of race, gender, economics and religion in American culture at a time when these issues were just beginning to explode into the American consciousness.

Presenter Kevin Comtois teaches United States History, World History, American Music History, United States Government & Politics, International Relations and Constitutional Law. He recently published his first book titled: Troubadours & Troublemakers: The Evolution of American Protest Music.

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Date and Time

Thursday, May 19, 2016
6:30 to 8:00 PM


Peabody Institute Library,
82 Main Street,
Peabody, MA

Sutton Room

More Information

This event is generously sponsored by the Friends of the Peabody Institute Libraries. For more information contact 978-531-0100.