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Travel Back to the 80s with Rock Historian Barry Drake

10/19/2007 —

Travel back to the age when MTV really played videos and the compact disc was brand new.  Rock Historian Barry Drake presents 80s Rock:  Music in the Video Age, on Thursday, Oct. 25 at 7 p.m. in the Community Room of the Joe and Rosie Ruhl Student Community Center at Penn State York.  This free program, sponsored by the campus and the York Newspaper Company, is open to the public.

Drake combines his extensive knowledge of music and abilities as a dynamic entertainer in his multimedia presentation. Get ready to discover or rediscover the 80s with Drake at Penn State York.

As the 80s began there was a well needed burst of energy in rock & roll.  The 70s had left many people disappointed and wondering whether anything positive could come from a twenty-five year old music form.  Fortunately the 80s proved that rock & roll was capable of reinventing itself with new music styles, artists and attitudes.  The decade began with the election of Ronald Reagan and the death of John Lennon. 

On a more positive note, MTV and compact discs gave us a new way to experience the music of Bruce Springsteen, Madonna, U2, R.E.M., Michael Jackson, Tom Petty, The Police, Prince, Aerosmith and even Milli Vanelli.

Drake, often called a walking encyclopedia of rock & roll, is a graduate of Manhattan College and has been involved in the world of music since buying his first rock & roll record in 1954.  He grew up in New York City and saw everyone from Buddy Holly and Chuck Berry at the Brooklyn Paramount in 1957, to Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin at the Filmore in 1967.  In 1965, Drake became a performer and songwriter and in 1970 was signed to Capitol Records.  Since then, Drake has recorded three albums and has extensively toured the United States and Europe. 

In 1984 Drake added rock & roll lectures to an already busy concert schedule.  His lectures have become the most popular shows on college campuses.  Drake is the five-time winner of the Campus Lecturer of the Year Award by The National Association for Campus Activities and the three-time winner of the Campus Lecturer of the Year Award by Campus Activities Magazine.              

For more information on Drake visit his Web site at http://www.barrydrake.com/ .   Check out http://www.pullocenter.psu.edu/ for more information on the variety of free and ticketed programs at Penn State York.

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