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Travel Back to the 60s with Barry Drake

10/13/2008 —

An annual event in Penn State York’s free Cultural and Performing Artists series, Barry Drake, rock historian, returns to campus on Oct. 23 for his multimedia presentation “60s Rock: When the Music Mattered.” Travel back to the 60s at 7 p.m. in the Community Room of the Joe and Rosie Ruhl Student Community Center.  This free program, sponsored by the campus and the York Newspaper Company, is open to the public.

The Beatles, Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, The Supremes, the Beach Boys, Simon & Garfunkel, the Rolling Stones, Otis Redding, and yes, even The Monkees, were the sounds filling the airwaves through those turbulent years.  The decade of the 60s was one of the most interesting periods in American history and through all of the good and bad times, it was the music that brought us together and sometimes tore us apart. The political turmoil, the social upheaval, the hippie movement, the Vietnam War and the generation gap were all reflected in the popular music of the day.  “60s Rock - When The Music Mattered” will celebrate, examine, clarify and put into perspective one of the most exciting decades in music history. 

Drake, often called a walking encyclopedia of rock & roll, is a graduate of Manhattan College and has been involved in the world of music since buying his first rock & roll record in 1954.  He grew up in New York City and saw everyone from Buddy Holly and Chuck Berry at the Brooklyn Paramount in 1957, to Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin at the Filmore in 1967.  In 1965, Drake became a performer and songwriter and in 1970 was signed to Capitol Records.  Since then, Drake has recorded three albums and has extensively toured the United States and Europe. 

In 1984 Drake added rock & roll lectures to an already busy concert schedule.  His lectures have become the most popular shows on college campuses.  Drake is the five-time winner of the Campus Lecturer of the Year Award by The National Association for Campus Activities and the three-time winner of the Campus Lecturer of the Year Award by Campus Activities Magazine.  
Drake combines his extensive knowledge of music and abilities as a dynamic entertainer in his multimedia presentation. Get ready to discover or rediscover the 60s with Drake at Penn State York.  For more information on Drake visit his Web site at http://www.barrydrake.com/ .   Check out http://www.pullocenter.psu.edu/ for more information on the variety of free and ticketed programs at Penn State York.

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