Wednesday, November 29

Doors: 6:30 PM
Showtime: 7:00 PM

Chautauqua Community House

$12.00 ($9.00 Concert Member)*

A trailblazing exploration of the poetic power of popular songs, from Tin Pan Alley to The Beatles to Beyoncé and beyond.

Encompassing a century of recorded music, this path breaking book reveals the poetic artistry of popular songs. Pop songs are music first. They also comprise the most widely disseminated poetic expression of our time. Adam Bradley traces the song lyric across musical genres from early twentieth-century Delta blues to mid-century rock ‘n’ roll to today’s hits. George and Ira Gershwin’s “Fascinating Rhythm.” The Rolling Stones’ “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction.” Rihanna’s “Diamonds.” These songs are united in their exacting attention to the craft of language and sound. Bradley shows that pop music is a poetry that must be heard more than read, uncovering the rhythms, rhymes and metaphors expressed in the singing voice. At once a work of musical interpretation, cultural analysis, literary criticism and personal storytelling, this book illustrates how words and music come together to produce compelling poetry, often where we least expect it.

About the Author:

Adam Bradley is a professor of English at the University of Colorado, Boulder where he directs the Laboratory for Race & Popular Culture (RAP Lab). His commentary has appeared in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, and in numerous other publications. Bradley is the author or editor of five books, including “Book of Rhymes: The Poetics of Hip Hop,” “The Anthology of Rap,” and the New York Times bestseller “One Day It’ll All Make Sense,” a memoir he wrote for the rapper and actor Common.

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