Category Archives: Music

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Collection

Robert Shaw conducting a chamber ensemble.

Georgia State University Library’s Special Collection and Archives have acquired the records of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.  The collection documents the rich history of the organization since its founding in 1945, to its current day activities. The collection consists of … Continue reading

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African American Music Appreciation Month: Negro Spirituals

As someone of color born and raised in the south, my introduction to Negro spirituals came very early. These were the songs that were sung in church by the Mother Board and Deacons. Or as I used to call them, … Continue reading

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African American Music Appreciation Month: Hip Hop

My Adidas Walked through concert doors And roamed all over coliseum floors I stepped on stage, at Live Aid All the people gave and the poor got paid That’s the opening verse to My Adidas by hip hop icons, Run-DMC. A … Continue reading

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African-American Music Appreciation Month: Jazz

June marks the beginning of African-American Music Appreciation Month, initially called Black Music Month when President Jimmy Carter issued a decree on June 7, 1979. In 2000, President Carter’s degree was approved in House Resolution 509. In celebration of African-American Music … Continue reading

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New Resource: Don Kennedy papers

A new collection related to Atlanta broadcaster, Don Kennedy, is now available in the Special Collections and Archives. The Don Kennedy papers document Kennedy’s wide-ranging radio and television career across more than 60 years. The collection provides a glimpse into … Continue reading

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Holding Blackness in Suspension: Film Screening + Symposium

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Georgia State’s liquid blackness project, together with partners from Emory and GA Tech, are hosting a two-day series of events looking the film work of artist Kahlil Joseph, entitled Holding Blackness in Suspension: The Films of Kahlil Joseph. Mr. Joseph … Continue reading

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In Memoriam: Prince

More sad news out of the music world today: Prince has died at age 57. Prince was a prolific musician, releasing more than 30 albums over the course of his career. He had been touring the U.S.; he played two shows … Continue reading

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Johnny Mercer Celebration Concert

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Please join us at the Rialto Center for the Arts on Friday, February 26th at 8:00 pm in celebrating one of America’s most prolific songwriters, Johnny Mercer. Vocalist/trumpeter Joe Gransden, jazz vocalist Kathleen Bertrand, and the Georgia State University Jazz … Continue reading

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45th Anniversary of WRAS

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Monday January 18th marks the 45th anniversary of WRAS Album 88. The Special Collections and Archives houses the WRAS Radio Collection that includes administrative documents, interviews, promos, and over 800 sound recordings of local and independent musicians that appeared on … Continue reading

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In Memoriam: David Bowie

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More sad news for the music world (and beyond). Visionary rock icon David Bowie has passed out of this world forever, after a prolonged battle with cancer. Bowie was 69 years old. Bowie’s impact spread well beyond rock music. There are several biographies detailing Bowie’s … Continue reading

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