Music Biographer Barry Mazor and Musician Dom Flemons at Wilson Library Feb. 6

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Music Biographer Barry Mazor and Musician Dom Flemons at Wilson Library Feb. 6

 

(Chapel Hill, N.C. – Jan. 15, 2015) – Music scout, record producer and industry visionary Ralph Peer helped shape and popularize American country and roots music from the 1920s through the 40s.

 

On Feb. 6, at 6:00 p.m., a new biography of Peer will be the topic of a talk by author Barry Mazor at UNC’s Wilson Special Collections Library. A concert by musician Dom Flemons, formerly of the Carolina Chocolate Drops, will follow at 7:00 p.m. The free public program will begin with a 5:30 p.m. reception.

 

The Southern Folklife Collection (SFC) in Wilson Library is the program sponsor. Mazor and Flemons have both conducted extensive research in the collection and are friends with one another, said SFC curator Steve Weiss.

 

In the stacks of the SFC, Mazor – a winner of the 2008 Charlie Lamb Award for Excellence in Country Music Journalism – was able to draw on a unique recorded interview with Ralph Peer, as well as correspondence between Peer and musician Sara Carter of The Carter Family, found in the SFC’s Ed Kahn Collection. Those letters will be on display at the event.

 

The SFC also holds the papers of Dom Flemons, consisting of audio and video recordings, photographs, programs, and related materials that Flemons has donated.

 

-Carolina-

 

For more about the event: http://blogs.lib.unc.edu/news/index.php/2015/01/music-biographer-barry-mazor-and-musician-dom-flemons-at-wilson-library-feb-6/

 

For program information: Liza Terll, Friends of the Library, liza_terll@unc.edu, (919) 548-1203.

 

Library contact: Steve Weiss, (919) 962-7105, smweiss@email.unc.edu