Susan Whitall will present a talk on music and activism at the Baldwin Public Library on Thursday, November 9th from 7-8 PM. This will be the second of three-part joint lecture series sponsored by the Birmingham Museum and the Baldwin Public Library this fall focusing on the theme of art and activism
Author and Journalist Susan Whitall will present some of the major ways that music, especially American music, has actively contributed to the tradition of political expression and social issues. This is the second of a three part lecture series presented by the Birmingham Museum exploring the history of how theater, music and visual arts have always challenged audiences to question the status quo. Each program will feature a presenter who will provide historic context for this tradition in their respective field.
Susan Whitall is an award-winning journalist, and a former writer and editor at the iconic Creem Magazine, where she worked from 1975-’83. She is one of the few women to helm a rock magazine, in the ’70s, or now.
She is also the author of two books, Women of Motown, an oral history focusing on some of the Sound of Young America’s notable female personalities, and Fever: Little Willie John’s Fast Life, Mysterious Death and the Birth of Soul (Titan Books, 2011), a biography of the gifted, troubled R&B singer from Detroit. Copies of both books will be available for sale at the talk.