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Book Talk – A Southern American Discovers the Blues of Epirus
May 19, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Title of Book Talk: Lament From Epirus: A Southern American Discovers the Blues of Epirus
Speaker: Christopher C. King
Mr. King will introduce his work with the music of Epirus and read from his book, Lament from Epirus. During the presentation Mr. King will play many rare 78 rpm discs of music from Epirus as well as American Blues 78 discs. There will be a Q & A session after the presentation. The book Lament from Epirus will be available for sale as well as LPs and CDs of music from Epirus that Mr. King has produced.
Christopher C. King, a Grammy-winning producer, musicologist, and a prominent 78 rpm collector, has been profiled in the New York Times Magazine and the Washington Post, and has written for theParis Review and the Oxford American. He was born and raised in southwest Virginia and attended Radford University. Over the course of the last ten years he has researched the tradition of Greek demotika, especially in Epirus. In 2018, W.W. Norton published his book, Lament from Epirus: An Odyssey into Europe’s Old Surviving Folk Music, to wide critical acclaim. His book was named one of the top ten books of 2018 by the Wall Street Journal. He has presented his work at the New York Public Library, the Gennadius Library of Athens, and the Odeon Conservatoire in Athens among many other venues. He currently splits his time between the United States and Greece.
Sunday, May 19, 2019 at 2:00 – 4:00 PM
NHM Kamberos Special Events Hall
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