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Valley Talk: 60 Years of the Newport Folk Festival


Valley Talks, a series of free historical lectures, continues on Sunday, Feb. 9, 1:30pm, at the Museum of Work & Culture.

Former Providence Journal music critic Rick Massimo will present 60 Years of the Newport Folk Festival. The talk will illuminate how this iconic Rhode Island event, the musical world around it and the city of Newport have transformed since the festival’s founding in 1959. Massimo will explore these evolutions through music, photographs, and stories, most of which are encapsulated in his new book: I Got a Song: A History of the Newport Folk Festival.

Massimo grew up in Providence, RI. He covered pop music for The Providence Journal for nine years and now works as a writer and editor in Washington, D.C. He has authored two books: I Got a Song: A History of the Newport Folk Festival (Wesleyan University Press 2017) and A Walking Tour of the Georgetown Set (Lyons Press 2016).

Seating is limited to 75 and is first-come, first-served.


Feb 9, 2020
1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
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Museum of Work & Culture
42 S Main St
Woonsocket, RI 02895 United States
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