[Apologies for the late notice....]

*ARSC New York Chapter - **December 2014 Meeting*
7 P. M. Thursday, 12/18/14
at the CUNY Sonic Arts Center
West 140th Street & Convent Avenue, New York
or enter at 138th Street off Convent Avenue
Shepard Hall (the Gothic building) – Recital Hall (Room 95, Basement level)
An elevator is located in the center of the building

*Hollywood Two Step*
*How Bob Wills and his Friends Made Western Movies Swing*
*Presented by*
*Matthew Barton*
Curator of Recorded Sound, Library of Congress

Singing cowboys didn’t make all of the music in the “B” westerns of the
1930s and 1940s. Top Western Swing artists such as Bob Wills and his Texas
Playboys, Spade Cooley, the Light Crust Doughboys, Patsy Montana, Carolina
Cotton, Tex Williams, Andy Parker and the Plainsmen, the Texas Rangers and
others were regularly featured as added attractions in such films and
turned in many classic performances. In this way, without even trying to,
Hollywood documented the golden age of Western Swing for future generations
to enjoy, and preserved many songs and band line-ups that went unrecorded
during the two “Petrillo Bans” of the 1940s. This presentation will feature
rare film clips all of the artists named above and more.

Matthew Barton has worked at the Library of Congress since 2003, first as a
sound engineer and archivist, and since 2008, as the Curator of Recorded
Sound at the Library’s Packard Campus for Audiovisual Conservation in
Culpeper, Virginia. From 1996 to 2003, he was the production coordinator of
the Alan Lomax Collection compact disc series issued by Rounder Records. He
has written
extensively on recorded music and sound, and is a contributor to the book
The Ballad Collectors of North America: How Gathering Folksong Transformed
Academic Thought and American Identity, published in 2012 by Scarecrow

Our next program will be on January 15, 2015. Gary Thalheimer will present
a tribute to Richard Strauss.


Subway: Take the 1 train to 137th Street City College and walk north to
140th St. & Broadway,
then go east to 140th St. & Convent Avenue. Take the A, B, C, or D trains
to 145th St, go south on St. Nicholas to 141st St, (one long block), then
west one block to Convent Avenue, and south one more block to 140th &
Convent Avenue.
Bus: M4 and M5 on Broadway; M 100, 101 on Amsterdam Ave (one block West of
Convent Avenue.)


The Sonic Arts Center at CCNY offers 4-year Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees
in Music with a concentration in Music and Audio Technology. Their program
provides an in-depth curriculum emphasizing real-world skills with a
project-based approach. Students enjoy a well-rounded program, with
emphasis on audio technology, music theory, orchestration, and history to
help them compete in a field that today demands an ever-growing and highly
diverse skill set.

All ARSC NY Chapter meetings are free and open to the public. Voluntary
contributions to help defray our expenses are welcome!

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