Barry Drake to Give Rock ‘n’ Roll Presentation

The British Invasion and the Psychedelic Movement. Folk singers and hardcore guitarists. Boys who could harmonize and girls who knew how to get what they wanted. The Beatles, Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, and The Supremes. All are symbols of the rock n’ roll revolution of the 1960s.

On Wednesday, March 28, nationally-recognized speaker Barry Drake will give a multimedia presentation entitled “60s Rock,” through which he will show how the music of the tumultuous decade shaped a generation. The presentation will begin at 8 p.m. and is being held at Illusions, the nightclub located on the third floor of the A.K. Hinds University Center. Tickets are $2 for WCU students with a valid ID and $4 for all others.

Drake is no stranger to the rock n’ roll world. In the 70s, he signed with Capitol Records and used his singing and songwriting abilities to produce three albums and tour the United States and Europe. Following his career as a musician, he began visiting college campuses to present lectures on rock n’ roll. In 1995, 1996, and 1998-2000, Drake was chosen as “Campus Lecturer of the Year” by the National Association for Campus Activities. Also, Campus Activities Magazine awarded him the same honor in their publication in 1994, 1995, and 1998.

The rock of the 60s influences much of what we hear today. No matter what your background, some aspect of the music of that time is bound to strike a chord; it may bring back memories or speak to you in some other way. According to some, the rock n’ roll of the 1960s reminds us of when “the music mattered.”

For more information on Drake’s presentation, contact LMP at (828) 227-7206.