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Professor to Discuss Southern Rock's Influence in 1970s Britain

jim dandy and southern rock in britain lecture

Arkansas Sounds, the Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, and the UALR History Department's Mabel W. Formica and Santo D. Formica Endowment Speaker Series will present "Don't Believe in Taxes or Policemen: The Strange Career of Jim Dandy and Southern Rock in 1970s Britain", at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, October 30, at the Main Library's Darragh Center, 100 Rock Street.

While much has been written on that elusive and elastic musical form known as "Southern rock" and about the key bands broadly associated with the style, such as the Allman Brothers, the Band, Black Oak Arkansas, and Lynyrd Skynyrd, little attention has been paid to the music's reception in Britain during the 1970s. Brian Ward, professor in American Studies at Northumbria Universityand author of the award-winning booksJust My SoulResponding: Rhythm and Blues, Black Consciousness and Race RelationsandRadio and the Struggle for Civil Rights in the South, will discuss some of the reasons for the unlikely popularity of Southern rock in the UK during the early 1970s. Ward will also note the influence of the style and of ideas about the South more generally, in British rock music.

A book signing and reception will follow the presentation. The program is free and open to the public. Seating is open and reservations are requested, but not required. RSVP to or 918-3029.

The Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, a department of the Central Arkansas Library System, was created in 1997 through an endowment by the late Richard C. Butler Sr. for the purpose of promoting a greater understanding and appreciation of Arkansas history, literature, art, and culture. The Arkansas Sounds music festival, a Butler Center project focused on Arkansas music and musicians both past and present, works to get musicians and songwriters involved in local schools, create songwriting workshops for kids and adults, and host related performances and events throughout the state.