Sweet Soul Music caps Libraries Rock! talks

Aug 09, 2018
Neal Harkness

Belfast — The Libraries Rock! Summer Lecture Series at Belfast Free Library, 106 High St., will conclude Monday, Aug. 20, at 6:30 p.m. with a talk by Neal Harkness titled That Sweet Soul Music.

As white performers took the largely black music of rhythm and blues to the top of the charts, black artists such as Ray Charles and James Brown brought a new sophistication to their music and created a new genre that became known around the world as soul. Through the sixties and beyond, soul music provided listeners with some of the greatest popular music of all time. With musical and visual aids, attendees will look back at the golden age of soul and learn about the great artists who gave it life.

Harkness has been a fan and student of American popular music his whole life. He has written on the subject for a number of publications and was a rock music programmer on community radio station WERU-FM. His courses on the history of rock ‘n’ roll have been very popular at Senior College in Belfast.

The program is free and open to the public. For more information, call the library at 338-3884, ext. 10.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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