Tribute to Son House
Tuesday, March 13, 2012
Symposium, Wilson Special Collections Library (Free and open to the public)
5:30 p.m. Lecture by Daniel Beaumont
6 p.m. Photo lecture with Dick Waterman
6:30 p.m. Panel discussion with Rory Block, John Mooney, Joe Beard, Dick Waterman
Concert, Student Union, Great Hall, with Rory Block, John Mooney, and Joe Beard
Purchase concert tickets beginning Feb. 14 from Carolina Union Box Office, ($5 for students with One Card; $15 for others)
The life of legendary blues singer Eddie James “Son” House Jr. will be celebrated with a symposium and concert March 13.
Tickets – $5 for students, $15 for others – will be available starting Feb. 14 through the Carolina Union Box Office, (919) 962-1449.
Before the concert, a free public symposium at 5:30 p.m. in Wilson Library will feature author Daniel Beaumont discussing his new biography, Preachin’ the Blues: The Life and Times of Son House (Oxford University Press, 2011).
At 6 p.m., photographer and manager Dick Waterman will show photos of House and other blues musicians including Howlin’ Wolf, Mississippi John Hurt, and John Fahey. At 6:30 p.m., Beard, Block, and Mooney will join Waterman for a panel discussion.
House was born in 1902, in Riverton, Miss., and died in 1988. He became a Baptist preacher at 15, and only began to play guitar at age 25. His popularity rose after being “rediscovered” by Waterman and others during the 1960’s folk revival. House’s best-known recordings include “John the Revelator” and “Death Letter.”
Among the Son House items in the collection is a rare 1965 interview of him by John Fahey and Barry Hansen, later known as radio disc jockey Dr. Demento. (Listen to a digitized excerpt of the interview.)