Reading Under the Influence with Jack Hamilton

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Fri. March 24, 9:30 PM - 12:00 AM

The Ante Room

219 Water Street, Charlottesville, 22902

Sponsored by: W. Tucker Lemon, VFH Board member and advocate for Reading Under the Influence

Hosted by: The Ante Room, Virginia Folklife Program


Jack Hamilton (Just Around Midnight: Rock and Roll and the Racial Imagination) discusses his work with Stereogum writer Tom Breihan from 9:30-10:00 PM, followed by a live deejay set by Grits and Gravy’s Robin Tomlin until (just around) midnight. Bring your dancing shoes!

Please note: Food and drinks will be available for purchase.

Why should you attend?

“From Little Richard and Chuck Berry to the Dominoes, Ike Turner, and Howlin’ Wolf, rock and roll’s founding figures were African American, yet ‘rock’ as we know and hear it now is coded white… In some of his sharpest passages, Hamilton shows how much rockism’s whiteness depended on [the] confining ideas of blackness… He contributes a new and valuable piece to a larger and still contentious project: the struggle against the essentialization of racial and ethnic identity.”—Colin Vanderburg, Los Angeles Review of Books

“Ambitious and rewarding… Just Around Midnight seeks to tell the story of [black] erasure [from rock ‘n’ roll], and it does so quite compellingly by bringing together artists and songs that our implicitly segregationist narratives have encouraged us to keep apart.”—Kevin J. H. Dettmar, Chronicle of Higher Education