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Local author Ron Cohen to sign copies of his new book at IU Northwest gallery on Dec. 10

Signing for ‘A History of Folk Music Festivals in the United States’ to be accompanied by live folk band featuring geosciences professor Kris Huysken

On Wednesday, Dec. 10, the Indiana University Northwest Savannah Gallery for Contemporary Art will host a book-signing and mini-folk concert from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. to celebrate the release of Professor Emeritus of History Ron Cohen’s latest book, “A History of Folk Music Festivals in the United States: Feasts of Musical Celebration” (October 2008, Scarecrow Press). The gallery is located in the Savannah Center, at the southeast corner of main campus parking lot at 33rd Avenue and Broadway in Gary, Ind.

Cohen, who has spent decades researching and writing about folk music, its artists, its history, and its impact on American society, has now turned his attention to the phenomenon of the folk music festival, which is still going strong today. In “Musical Feasts of Celebration,” the retired U.S. history professor presents a comprehensive narration of American folk music festivals large and small from the 19th century to today. In particular, he highlights events like the Newport, Philadelphia, University of Chicago, and National Folk Festivals, as well as other long-running and short-lived festivals throughout the country. Musical styles covered in Cohen’s book include blues, Cajun, Irish, klezmer, women's, bluegrass, gospel, country, and others.

Copies of Cohen’s book will be on hand for purchase at the signing. A live folk band, featuring IU Northwest Associate Professor of Geosciences Kris Huysken, Ph.D., will provide the entertainment.

For more information, contact Gallery Curator Ann Fritz at (219) 980-6891.



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