Songwriter: Stephen Foster

11/2/2007:

Another Museum event, on Sunday, November 4th at 4pm.

1st Great American Songwriter

hoboken-ken-emerson.jpgThe first great American songwriter, Stephen Foster, will get his due on Sunday, November 4 at 4 p.m. Ken Emerson, author of the book Doo-Dah: Stephen Foster and the Rise of American Popular Culture, will talk about the prolific popular music composer and his significance as the first home-grown songwriter. Foster lived in Hoboken in 1855 when he wrote the classic “I Dream of Jeanie with the Light Brown Hair.”

Foster’s brief career (he died at age 37), chronicled the zeitgeist of an era of dizzying invention and economic growth. According to the book’s publisher, “It was an era of industrialization; of steamboats, railroads and the telegraph; of westward expansion and the California gold rush; and of course, of slavery and the Civil War. Foster absorbed it all, and all of it infused his music.”

Admission is $5, free for Museum members.

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