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Ralph S. Peer: And the Making of Popular Roots Music

Sponsored by ASCAP

The GRAMMY Museum & peermusic invite you to a celebration and examination of the life and influence of the music man, Ralph S. Peer on Wednesday, May 13, 2015 in the Clive Davis Theater. Ralph S. Peer was a pioneering A&R man and global music publisher who saw the universal power locked in regional roots music and tapped it, changing the course and flavor of popular music in the United States and around the world.  In the course of an adventurous, sometimes revolutionary 50 year career, Ralph S. Peer (1892-1960) opened the door to previously marginalized music, then fostered its global success, playing a key, founding role in creating the durable rhythm & blues, jazz, country and Latin pop genres that we know today.  

The event will be hosted by Chris Sampson, Vice Dean, Division of    Contemporary Music USC Thornton School of Music, and will feature biographer Barry Mazor; GRAMMY Award winning producer and songwriter KC Porter and Bernard MacMahon , Director of the BBC/PBS production American Epic to be aired this fall. Musical guests include Latin GRAMMY winning artist  Gaby Moreno and The Americans as featured on American Epic.   

“This is an overwhelming book about an overwhelming character in the music field, a true visionary, who realized the potential power of common music long before anyone else- and who transformed the lives of many of those artists whom he recorded. We owe Barry Mazor a debt of gratitude for telling Peer’s incredible life story, his monumental accomplishments, putting them all in one place, and bringing them to the light.”- Bob Dylan

Reception and book signing following the panel.

Kindly sponsored by: ASCAP-wecreatemusic_color.jpg