Thursday, October 16, 2014 – 7:00pm
Join us at The Ivy Bookshop to hear Maud Casey discuss her newest novel.
Tracey Laird recounts the longtime success of Austin City Limits amidst a transforming musical and cultural landscape.
Tune in to 89.7 WTMD at 2:00pm on October 16 to hear Tracey Laird in conversation with The Ivy Bookshop’s Jessica Baldwin and WTMD’s Scott Mullins. Then come out to The Ivy to see her in person!
Austin City Limits — the longest running musical showcase in the history of television — is still captivating audiences forty years after its debut on the air. For decades it has defined popular roots music and indie rock.
With unprecedented access behind the scenes at the tapings of shows, Tracey Laird’s book Austin City Limits: A Historygives insight to the story of this landmark musical showcase whose history spans dramatic changes in the nature of television, the expansion of digital media, and the way in which we experience music. Beginning as a simple weekly broadcast, it is today a multifaceted “brand” in contemporary popular music. Laird explores the ways in which the show’s evolution has driven, and been driven by, both that of Austin as the “Live Music Capital of the World” and of U.S. public media as a major player in the dissemination and sponsorship of music and culture.
Tracey Laird is a professor of music at Agnes Scott College. Her previous major publications include Louisiana Hayride: Radio and Roots Music Along the Red River, as well as a collection co-edited with Kip Lornell titled Shreveport Sounds in Black & White.