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Saturday, October 19 • 1:45pm - 2:45pm
Walk This Way: The Song that Revolutionized American Music

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It might be hard to remember (and let’s face it, some of you weren’t even born then), but there was a time when hip-hop was largely isolated to “a small underground community of independent labels and scrappy promoters,” not the juggernaut it is in the American popular music scene today. That all changed on July 4, 1986, when Run-DMC and Aerosmith released “Walk This Way,” one of the first rap songs played on Top-40 radio. Geoff Edgers, national arts reporter for the Washington Post, outlines the genesis of this seminal song in his book of the same title, tracing how two very different groups, with wildly divergent personalities and approaches, joined forces to build what Edgers calls “hip-hop’s Trojan horse, the music camouflaged enough to give timid programmers permission to play.” Edgers’s in-depth chronicle explores intersections of economics, geography, and race, documenting a collaboration that set the stage for the music we enjoy today. Edgers will be interviewed by Boston music journalist and reviewer Hassan Ghanny. Run, don’t walk, to what’s sure to be a provocative and entertaining discussion about what American music is today--and how we got here.

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Hassan Ghanny

Hassan Ghanny is a writer, performer, and music journalist currently living in Boston. His work deals with the intersections of music, media, culture, identity, and diaspora. Ghanny’s writing has been featured in Cuepoint, Tenderly, and Burnt Roti, and he is a regular writer for... Read More →

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Geoff Edgers

Geoff Edgers is a journalist, documentarian, podcast host, and the national arts reporter for the Washington Post. Formerly an arts reporter for the Boston Globe, Edgers has also been a correspondent for the Boston Phoenix and Raleigh News and Observer, and has had work appear in... Read More →

Saturday October 19, 2019 1:45pm - 2:45pm EDT
BAC Beehive 951 Boylston St, Boston, MA, 02115