Students on our MA module ‘Music and American Culture’ enjoyed a class outing to London’s Jewish Museum, led by tutor Dr Kevin Milburn.
They participated in ‘In the Groove Late’, a special evening that tied-in with the museum’s exhibition, ‘Jukebox, Jewkbox! A Century on Shellac and Vinyl’. The theme of the exhibition – the pronounced influence that Jewish songwriters, composers, performers, inventors, and record industry executives had on the evolution of popular music and the music industry, especially in North America – was one that linked in closely to the ‘Music, Migration, Modernity: New York’ lecture and seminars that Kevin taught in the same week.
The evening, which included a curator’s talk from the museum’s Head of Exhibitions, Jo Rosenthal, culminated with a joyous swing dance class that was led by the ‘Swing Patrol’, who as well as being great dancers proved themselves to be remarkably patient with anyone who had two left feet, which (the blog is informed) was nearly everyone…
If you would like to go to ‘Jukebox, Jewkbox! A Century on Shellac and Vinyl’ you need to hurry, the exhibition ends on Sunday, 16 October 2016. See: http://www.jewishmuseum.org.uk/jukebox