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Listening Sessions » Motown and “High Negro Style”

This session is one of a three-part series! On Thursday, March 15, 22, and 29, Mark Anthony Neal will host sessions featuring selected tracks from the ‘60s, ‘70s, and ‘80s, inspired by the temporary exhibition Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power. Join us for all three by purchasing the series package here.

Tonight is about how the Motown sound became a template for style and Black middle class aspiration. Artists include: The Supremes, The Temptations, Marvin Gaye, Ashford + Simpson, The Four Tops

$15 ($12/members), register online or with Guest Services.


Mark Anthony Neal is Professor of African and African American Studies and the founding Director of the Center for Arts, Digital Culture, and Entrepreneurship (CADCE) at Duke University. He offers courses on Black Masculinity, Popular Culture, and Digital Humanities, including signature courses on Michael Jackson and the Black Performance Tradition, and The History of Hip-Hop, which he co-teaches with Grammy-award-winning producer 9th Wonder (Patrick Douthit).

Neal is the author of several books including What the Music Said: Black Popular Music and Black Public Culture (1999), Soul Babies: Black Popular Culture and the Post-Soul Aesthetic (2002), and Looking for Leroy: Illegible Black Masculinities (2013).  The 10th anniversary edition of Neal’s New Black Man was published in February of 2015 by Routledge. Neal is co-editor of That’s the Joint: The Hip-Hop Studies Reader (Routledge), now in its second edition. Additionally, Neal hosts the video webcast Left of Black, which is produced in collaboration with the John Hope Franklin Center at Duke.

March 15, 2018
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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