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Learn about Popular Music on Early Television (updated)

Wednesday, December 12, 2012   by: Staff

December 12 update

Due to unforeseen circumstances, author Murray Forman is unable to attend and this event has been canceled.

Original December 5 news release - One night only - Monday, December 17 from 7 to 8 p.m.

Join us at the Sault Ste. Marie Centennial Library, Program Room, 50 East Street.

We’ll step back in time and visit pop music and television in its earliest years with author Murray Forman.  

Come out to hear him talk about his new book, One Night on TV is Worth Weeks at the Paramount: Popular Music on Early Television.

Elvis Presley's television debut in January 1956 is often cited as the moment when popular music and television came together.

Yet popular music was crucial to television years before Presley's sensational small-screen performances.

Early television production influenced musical performance in the 1940s and 1950s, affecting artists such as Frank Sinatra, Perry Como and Peggy Lee and influencing emerging styles such as rock and roll.

At the same time, popular music helped to shape the nascent medium of television in various ways.

Popular music was ultimately essential to the allure and success of TV in its earliest years.

Murray Forman is Associate Professor of  Media and Screen Studies, Northeastern University, Boston.

Please join us for this free event.

For more information contact the Reference and Information Desk at 705-759-5236.


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