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This rare 45 rpm single by “The Weedpatch Boys,” released in 1963, is part of a large “historically and culturally significant” bluegrass audio collection recently donated to MTSU’s Center for Popular Music by the family of Indiana music lover Marvin Hedrick. Hedrick was a member of the band, as were his two sons. The center received a $19,537 grant from the Grammy Foundation April 6 to preserve and digitize the collection.

Center for Popular Music nabs another Grammy grant

MTSU’s Center for Popular Music is the recipient of another national grant from the Grammy Foundation, this time to digitize an extensive, “historically and culturally significant” live bluegrass audio collection from Indiana music lover Marvin Hedrick. 

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MS students present research at AEJMC Midwinter

Masters in Media and Communication students Alejandro Botia and Laura Hudgins presented papers at the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) Midwinter Conference in February.

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MTSU Poll reveals strong support for Carson

The latest MTSU Poll conducted statewide focuses on presidential candidates and views on abortion and gay marriage. 

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Irving Lowens (1916-1983) was born in New York City and graduated from Columbia University in 1939. For 15 years, he was employed by the Civil Aeronautics Administration and the Federal Aviation Administration. Lowens had a lifelong interest in American musicology, and in 1960, he began work in the Music Division of the Library of Congress. He was chief music critic for the Washington Evening Star from 1961 to 1978, and was a founding member of the Sonneck Society and the Music Critics Association. His publications include Music and Musicians in Early America (1964), Songsters Printed in America before 1821 (1976), and (with Allen P. Britton and Richard Crawford) American Sacred Music Imprints, 1698-1810 (1990). Lowens and his wife Margery Morgan Lowens shared an interest in the history of American music, and it was this interest that led Lowens to assemble an important collection of early American printed and manuscript music books. The Irving Lowens Collection was given to the American Antiquarian Society by Mrs. Lowens at her husband's death. It includes 53 volumes containing manuscript music. Both sacred and secular music are well represented in this collection, which contains vocal as well as instrumental settings.

CPM completes massive vernacular music website

The Center for Popular Music announced on March 18 the launch of its American Vernacular Music Manuscripts (AVMM) website.

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MT Poll examines Insure Tennessee support

MTSU Poll director Ken Blake has completed a new poll on Insure Tennessee, Gov. Bill Haslam’s new health care proposal.

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Journalism’s Marcellus on gender roles in “Mad Men”

Journalism Professor Jane Marcellus has co-authored a book exploring the hit TV show Mad Men. The book is “Mad Men and Working Women: Feminist Perspectives on Historical Power, Resistance, and Otherness.”

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Bob Pondillo

Bob Pondillo publishes new introductory media textbook

EMC’s Bob Pondillo, Ph.D., is a published author yet again. “American Media and Social Institutions,” published by Cognella Academic Publishing, is designed for use in introductory mass media and American culture classes.

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