Events, Music, Southern Folklife Collection, Special Collections

The Music Biography: From Gene Autry to Alex Chilton

Lecture by Holly George-Warren
Thursday, Nov. 3, 2011
Wilson Special Collections Library
5 p.m. Reception
5:30 p.m. Lecture and Q&A | Pleasants Family Assembly Room
Free and open to the public
Information: Liza TerllFriends of the Library, (919) 548-1203

Music critic Holly George-Warren (UNC ’78) will speak about the careers of Gene Autry and Alex Chilton, the singer, songwriter, and guitarist of the rock band Big Star. The free public lecture will take place Nov. 3 at the Wilson Special Collections Library.

The singing cowboy and Chilton, the architect of power pop who died in 2010 at age 59, might seem to have little in common. George-Warren demonstrates that both men were harbingers of change in the music culture of their respective eras.

George-Warren teaches arts journalism at the State University of New York at New Paltz. She received a Grammy nomination for best historical recording in 2001 for coproducing Rhino’s five-CD box set, R-E-S-P-E-C-T: A Century of Women in Music.

Her books include Public Cowboy No. 1: The Life and Times of Gene Autry and The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: The First 25 Years. She is currently writing Chilton’s biography, to be published by Viking Press in 2012. Her writing has also appeared in Rolling Stone, the New York Times, the Village Voice, and Entertainment Weekly.

Copies of George-Warren’s books will be available for sale at the event courtesy of the Bull’s Head Bookshop.

The event is sponsored by the Southern Folklife Collection and the Friends of the Library.

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