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This Land is Your Land:
The Life and Songs of Woody Guthrie
Joan Friedenberg and Bill Bowen

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION: Woody Guthrie, the iconic bard and singer-songwriter, created music that is part of the collective memory and shared culture of generations of Americans who grew up in the mid-20th century. The messages of his songs, such as This Land is Your Land, Do Re Mi, Pastures of Plenty, Hobo’s Lullaby, Union Maid, This Train, Sinking of the Ruben James, Deportee, and others, provide insight into the Depression era, social issues of today, as well as Guthrie’s own fascinating connections to both the Communist Party and the Jewish culture. In this powerful presentation of Guthrie’s odyssey, commentary, slides and live music are presented by Joan Friedenberg and Bill Bowen, while the lyrics are projected on a screen for the audience to sing along. Emotionally stirring music and intellectually stimulating narration and photography combine to make for a unique and unforgettable experience.

BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: Dr. Joan Friedenberg (Professor Emeritus, Southern Illinois University) is a 30-year professor of education and author and Bill Bowen is a 35-year journalist, including working 23 years at the Palm Beach Post. Both overlapped their careers with a penchant for performing music – Joan (keyboard, guitar, autoharp, harmony vocals), a classically trained musician, played and sang in several bands and choruses in New York, Illinois and Florida, and Bill (guitar, harmonica, banjo, vocals) has busked in bars and restaurants from Jupiter to Key West. Their meeting in 2010 was fortuitous. Their performances in various Palm Beach County venues as the harmony-centric PinkSlip Duo led to using their complementary talents to create programs about their musical heroes. Audience testimonials reflect the PinkSlip Duo's success: "Just wonderful," "Great balance of music, talk and photos," "Very talented, very well put together, very enjoyable."  Due, in part, to this acclaim, PinkSlip Duo was named "Best Folk Band for Palm Beach and Broward Counties for 2015" by New Times.

Time: 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Date: Tuesday, April 17, 2018
Location: Barry and Florence Friedberg Auditorium, Boca Raton Campus
Fees: Member - $30 per event
$75 for any combination of three events, members only
$150 for any combination of eight events, members only

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Non-member - $35
Cash will no longer be accepted as payment for lectures.

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