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March 15, 2021 @ 7:00 pm EDT - 8:30 pm EDT

Virtual Event

Reading Under the Influence: Music, History & Race [2021 Virginia Festival of the Book]

Regina Bradley (Chronicling Stankonia: The Rise of Hip-Hop South), Adam Gussow (Whose Blues? Facing Up to Race and the Future of Music), and Claudrena Harold (When Sunday Comes: Gospel Music in the Soul and Hip-Hop Eras) discuss the ways that music, history, and race intersect in the creation of American identity, with a focus on blues, southern hip-hop, and late-century gospel music.

From 8:00-8:30 PM ET, join us after the discussion for a set of live music from The Blues Doctors.

To join, register on Eventbrite.

A recording of the live event will be available at

The Muse is proud to be a community partner for this event, which is presented as part of the 2021 Virginia Festival of the Book (March 13-26). For more information and the full festival schedule, visit The Virginia Festival of the Book is a program of Virginia Humanities.