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Bluegrass Music, Art and Anarchy

Dr. Crispin SartwellJohnson City, TN -- What do art, bluegrass, anarchy, language, beauty, politics, punk rock, gender and aesthetics have in common? The answer is one person, Dr. Crispin Sartwell. The son, grandson and great-grandson of newspaper editors, Sartwell is an American philosopher, educator, music critic and editor and/or author of 10 books on topics as disparate as Political Aesthetics, Six Names of Beauty, Obscenity, Anarchy and Reality and African-American Autobiography and White Identity. The visiting associate professor of art and art history at Dickinson College, Carlisle, Pa., is also an avid blogger, at He refers to himself as “a giterdone redneck” and is careful to note, that in addition to all of these interests and monikers, “I’m an anarchist.”

New Partnership: Bristol Rhythm 2012 and ETSU Live Stream

ETSU and BRRRBristol, TN/VA -- A new partnership between Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion and East Tennessee State University will allow ETSU Online to provide live streaming during the annual event, held September 14-16 on State Street in Historic Downtown Bristol, TN/VA.

Ted Olson to Receive Honor of Excellence at Friends of 1927 Fundraiser

Ted OlsonBristol, TN/VA -- Lisa Oakley from the East Tennessee Historical Society will present Ted Olson, Professor of Appalachian Studies at East Tennessee State University, with a Regional Excellence in History Award of Distinction for his work to preserve the music history of East Tennessee. The presentation will be held Thursday evening at 6:30pm at K.P. Duty during The Birthplace of Country Music Alliance Cultural Heritage Center Artists for Friends of 1927 fundraiser.

Charlie Peters to be honored at ACMA Mountain Music Museum

Charlie Peters, Dana and Carl MooreThe Appalachian Cultural Music Association and the Mountain Music Museum invite the public and fans of Appalachian Music to attend a press conference and unveiling of the Charlie Peters exhibit on Thursday, April 12th at 2:00 pm at the Mountain Music Museum which is located on the upper level of the Bristol Mall in Bristol, Virginia. Peters is known for getting Bristol recognized as the "Birthplace of Country Music."

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