Joan Friedenberg, Ph.D. and Bill Bowen

Musical Performance

Joan Friedenberg, Ph.D. (Professor Emeritus, Southern Illinois University), is a 30-year professor of education, author and international consultant, and Bill Bowen is a 35-year journalist, including 23 years at the Palm Beach Post. Their careers overlapped with a penchant for performing music. Joan (keyboard, guitar, autoharp, harmony arranger/vocalist), a classically trained musician, has played and sung in several bands and choruses in New York, Illinois, and Florida. Bill (guitar, harmonica, banjo, vocals) has busked in bars from Jupiter to Key West. They formed the PinkSlip Duo 10 years ago after leaving their jobs and used their former career skills to create programs about their musical heroes. They perform their popular multimedia sing-along tribute programs at numerous theaters, libraries, museums and community clubhouses throughout South Florida and always debut their new ones here at FAU. Bill is originally from Atlanta and Joan is a native New Yorker. The PinkSlip Duo was named “Best Folk Band” for Palm Beach and Broward counties for 2015 by New Times.


Gorgeous Pop Hits You Didn’t Realize Were Also Country, 1949-2018

The entrancing poetry of “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry” caused Hank Williams’ song to cross over from country to mainstream record charts in 1949. This was something new, and, eventually, Nashville began to produce records with that in mind. RCA did away with banjos and cut back on fiddles and twangy slide guitar, and country music, boosted by the swift transition of Elvis Presley and others, became the genre most likely to cross over to pop chart success. More than a half-century later, country music is divided into two lanes, the more traditional and the pop-like. Country radio stations, which proliferate in the long expanses necessary to any car trip through the South, play those traditional drawling tributes to rural life, God, drinking, and chasing women and for some of us, those songs carry negative stereotypes about both the artists and their fans. But there’s more to both the people and the music.

In this fun and informative musical lecture with slides and song lyrics, learn about crossover songs and the artists and sing along with the PinkSlip Duo to familiar crossover pop hits by Hank Williams, Elvis Presley, Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton, Glen Campbell, Kenny Rogers, Anne Murray, Crystal Gayle, Lady A (Antebellum), Faith Hill, Shania Twain, Darius Rucker, the (Dixie) Chicks, Taylor Swift, and Garth Brooks and Tricia Yearwood and you might find that you keep that car radio on during a trip through the South.
Register Early! There is a $5 charge for registering on the day of a one-time lecture or event.

Course # F1TE — One Time Event
Place:Auditorium, Lifelong Learning Complex, Jupiter Campus
Dates:Tuesday, December 13 2022
Time:2:30 - 4 PM
Fee:$35 / member; $40 / non-member

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