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Apr 10 2024

Elijah Wald: Jelly Roll Blues: Censored Songs, Sporting Women, and Hidden Histories

Orchestra Room – SMB 1343

Elijah Wald is an American folk blues guitarist and music historian. He is a 2002 Grammy Award winner for his liner notes to The Arhoolie Records 40th Anniversary Box: The Journey of Chris Strachwitz and the author of twelve books including Dylan Goes Electric! Newport, Seeger, Dylan, and the Night That Split the Sixties (2015), The Dozens: A History of Rap's Mama (2010), and How the Beatles Destroyed Rock 'n' Roll: An Alternative History of American Popular Music (2009). He comes to UCLA to discuss his new book where he uses Jelly Roll Morton as a guide to explore how the early history of blues and jazz has been obscured by censorship and cultural misunderstandings. He particularly focuses on the silencing of female voices and viewpoints, arguing that blues was overwhelmingly played for (and often by) women, and in particular women in the "sporting world." Learn about censorship and the ways some stories are told and others are obscured. Q&A and mixer to follow.

This event is for UCLA students only. Students must bring their BruinCard with them for identification. Seating is on a first-come, first-seated basis. Early arrival is recommended.


This event is FREE! No RSVP required. Early arrival is recommended.


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Food and drink may not be carried into the theaters. Thank you!


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