American music lecture set

Wednesday, April 5, at 7 p.m., Rockford College’s Forum Series will present Tim Riley’s lecture titled “The Impact of Rock & Roll on American Music” in Maddox Theatre of the Clark Arts Center on the campus of Rockford College.

The event is free and open to the public, but a reserved ticket is required. For more information, contact the Box Office at 815-226-4100. Clark Arts Center is accessible.

Riley, an expert on censorship and First Amendment rights, will explore the controversy regarding explicit popular music in the context of the concurrent debates pertaining to the Robert Mapplethorp exhibits, the role of the National Endowment for the Arts and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and the left wing’s own “politically correct” agenda.

A rock critic, author and editor of the Web site, Riley’s commentaries have been featured on National Public Radio’s All Things Considered and Morning Edition; Monitor Radio International’s The World; and The Washington Post. His work is widely used in college courses about pop culture.

From the March 29-April 4, 2006, issue

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