Category Archives: Lecture

A Conversation With George Clinton – May 12, 2015

A major event during the Red Bull Music Academy Festival New York, May 1-31, 2015 is A Conversation With George Clinton.  This event, being held at the Brooklyn Museum on May 12th, 2015. It requires a paid ticket to attend. This event is 18 and over.

Music as we know it would look a lot different (and less colorful) without the contributions of George Clinton. From his early musical beginnings in doo wop and as a songwriter at Motown, the hugely prolific Clinton went on to form the bands Parliament and Funkadelic, two of the most important groups of the 1970s. With Clinton at the helm of their Mothership, they uprooted funk from its earthly origins, sending it into outer space. Having made P-Funk a household name, Clinton went on to build an impressive solo discography, all the while inspiring a legion of West Coast rap artists and holding the reins of a sensational band called the P-Funk All Stars. As part of the Red Bull Music Academy Festival New York, George Clinton will sit down on the lecture couch for a rare, intimate chat about his momentous life and career.

I wonder if George Clinton will be selling and signing copies of his book that evening?




Music Talk: A Contemporary Record of Rock ‘n’ Roll – Ben Blackwell


Music Talk:


A Contemporary Record of Rock ‘n’ Roll


Museum of Fine Arts Boston: Saturday, March 1, 20142:00 pm – 3:00 pm, Remis Auditorium, 161


Ticket Purchase Is Required (To order tickets by phone, call 1-800-440-6975)


$10 MFA members, seniors, and students
$13 Nonmembers

Ben Blackwell, vinyl collector, musician, and archivist for The White Stripes
Michael Marotta, journalist, The Phoenix – Boston

Having spent more than half his life consumed with all things vinyl, Ben Blackwell’s experience spans everything from first employee and current archivist for the rock duo The White Stripes, recreational Detroit music archaeologist and historian, drumming fool in rock ‘n’ roll juggernaut the Dirtbombs and envelope-pushing vinyl idealist for Third Man Records in Nashville. He can (and will) talk about all these topics and more with interviewer Michael Marotta.

Ben Blackwell oversees the vinyl distribution and manufacturing at Third Man Records and does some A+R for the label. Ben’s official job title is “Pinball Wizard.”[14]

I totally respect the mutual admiration we both share for The Bob Seger System. Here is Ben holding the second 45 r.p.m. single from the first Bob Seger System album in 1968, Ramblin’ Gamblin’ Man, “2+2=?

Blackwell’s poem The World’s Most Important Swimmers was selected by members of the Guerilla Poetics Project to be printed as a letterpressed broadside for the November 2008 installment of their program.[9]




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Charles Lloyd – Wesleyan University Jan 27/28 – Daily Post 2011 #4

Music is a healing force.” – Charles Lloyd

Charles Lloyd will be visiting Wesleyan University on January 27th for a panel discussion about the spirituality of music and again on January 28th when he will be performing an evening concert with the Charles Lloyd New Quartet. A pre-concert talk will be held at 7:15 p.m. by Sarah Politz, a Wesleyan Music Graduate student.

The Charles Lloyd New Quartet consists of Charles Lloyd on flute and saxophone, Jason Moran on piano, Reuben Rogers on bass,  and Eric Harland on drums.

The latest recording by the Charles Lloyd New Quartet is entitled, Mirror. It is a studio recording that creates an exquisite pastoral setting that accommodates “the need and the call for some tenderness,” says Lloyd.

Mirror was recently reviewed by Nate Chinen, esteemed jazz critic for the NY Times. His review echoes my sentiments about this recording. I consider Mirror one of the Top 10 recordings of 2010.

The dimensionality of an artist’s discussions about music as a healing force and the spirituality involved is of keen interest to me. Wesleyan is an ideal backdrop for this dialog because they have leadership ministry and world music programs. I am jazzed about the opportunity to explore these discussion with Charles Lloyd and other guests.

Anthony Braxton is the Music Department Chair at Wesleyan University and it is my sincere hope he will be directly involved with Charles Lloyd’s appearances on the Wesleyan campus.

I am looking forward to this rare opportunity with Charles Lloyd  to learn more about his music and views on spirituality at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Ct.

A Conversation about Music and Spirituality

with Charles Lloyd and Guests

Thursday January 27, 2011

4:15 p.m. in the Center for the Arts Hall

Free Admission