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The Lower East Side: 200 Years of Music
Bernard and Irene Schwartz Distinguished Speakers Series
John Strausbaugh
Wed, April 1st, 2020 | 6:30 pm | $38 (Members $24) | Students $10

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Once home to famed venues such as Bill Graham’s Fillmore East, the Five Spot, and CBGB, Manhattan’s Lower East Side was a longtime hotbed for the city’s rich musical traditions that was enriched by the area’s immigrant and working class residents. Author John Strausbaugh traces how the neighborhood’s identity as a music and entertainment center evolved over the past 200 years and explores the legendary artists who lived and performed there, including Ned Harrigan, Irving Berlin, and Eddie Cantor as well as notable Fillmore East performers such as Jimi Hendrix, Nina Simone, and the Grateful Dead.

John Strausbaugh, a journalist and cultural commentator, is the author of The Village: 400 Years of Beats and Bohemians, Radicals and Rogues, a History of Greenwich Village.


The Robert H. Smith Auditorium at the New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West, New York, NY 10024

Through the generosity of Bernard and Irene Schwartz, the New-York Historical Society brings a wide array of extraordinary lectures and dynamic conversations to New York’s Upper West Side.

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