event series: exploring seattle’s musical roots

News from a 4Culture Heritage Special Projects recipient

“The first century of Seattle’s economic development was accompanied by the rise of a lively music culture, long before the city gained fame as the hometown of Jimi Hendrix and the birthplace of grunge rock. For a place whose survival was predicated upon connection with the outside world, music forged links as important as those provided by railroads and steamships.” –Kurt Armbruster, Before Seattle Rocked: A City and Its Music.

Armbruster’s new book is filled with personal anecdotes and memories from many of Seattle’s most beloved musicians and historic photographs of Seattle’s changing music scene from the 1890s to the 1960s. Want to find out more? Join the discussion of Seattle’s musical roots at one of the several UW Press events scheduled for October:

Tuesday, October 4, at 12:40 p.m. on  KUOW’s “The Conversation”

Thursday, October 6, at 7 p.m. at  University Book Store

Tuesday, October 11, at 7 p.m. at Village Books

Thursday, October 13, at 6:30 p.m. at the Northwest Branch of the Seattle Public Library, with  Ravenna Third Place Books

Saturday, October 29, at 2 p.m. at the New Orleans Restaurant with Elliott Bay

Publication of Before Seattle Rocked was funded in part by a 2011 4Culture Heritage Special Projects award.

Image: book cover for Before Seattle Rocked © 2011, courtesy of UW Press.