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A Night with 2019 Piedmont Laureate, David Menconi

Since 2009, Piedmont Laureates have served as advocates for reading, writing and the arts across the Triangle region. Longtime News & Observer music critic/arts reporter David Menconi is Piedmont Laureate for 2019, with the focus area of creative nonfiction. He'll be talking about Laureate-sponsored plans and events for 2019, which the state has declared its year of music under the heading "Come Hear North Carolina." David will also offer up a preview of his next book, a musical history tentatively titled “The Big Book of North Carolina Music,” to be published in 2020 by UNC Press.

Event date: 
Wednesday, January 30, 2019 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
North Hills
4209-100 Lassiter Mill Road
Raleigh, NC 27609
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ISBN: 9780292725843
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Published: University of Texas Press - September 15th, 2012

Before he achieved his dream of being an internationally known rock personality, Ryan Adams had a band in Raleigh, North Carolina. Whiskeytown led the wave of insurgent-country bands that came of age with No Depression magazine in the mid-1990s, and for many people it defined the era.

Off the Record Cover Image
ISBN: 9780595133307
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Published: Writers Club Press - September 20th, 2000

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ISBN: 9780292756588
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Published: University of Texas Press - October 1st, 2015

A six-foot-seven-inch Jewish hippie from Philadelphia starts a Western swing band in 1970, when country fans hate hippies and Western swing. It sounds like a joke but--more than forty years, twenty-five albums, and nine Grammy Awards later--Asleep at the Wheel is still drawing crowds around the world.