Meet the Author - Rick Massimo

Event date: 
Thursday, July 27, 2017 - 6:30pm
Event address: 
471 Angell Street
Providence, RI 02906

Massimo Event

I Got a Song: A History of the Newport Folk Festival
by Rick Massimo

6:30pm Reception with the What Cheer DJs
7:00pm Reading and Book Signing

Relive sonic history at this multi-sensory book and listening event!  What Cheer DJs will spin records of Newport Folk Festival artists past and present at this author event for former Providence Journal music critic Rick Massimo’s book I Got a Song: A History of the Newport Folk Festival.  Books AND records will be available for purchase at the event.

“Our final verdict, yes, this is a fantastic book for us…we came into I Got a Song expecting a light beach read, and left with a heady brew of history and excitement in the country’s premier music festival.”—Matthew Keefer, Music Ravings

The first-ever book exclusively devoted to the history of the Newport Folk Festival, I Got a Song documents the trajectory of an American musical institution that began more than a half-century ago and continues to influence our understanding of folk music today. Rick Massimo’s research is complemented by extensive interviews with the people who were there and who made it all happen: the festival's producers, some of its biggest stars, and people who huddled in the fields to witness moments—like Bob Dylan’s famous electric performance in 1965—that live on in musical history. As folk has evolved over the decades, absorbing influences from rock, traditional music and the singer-songwriters of the ‘60s and ‘70s, the Newport Folk Festival has once again become a gathering point for young performers and fans. I Got a Song tells the stories, small and large, of several generations of American folk music enthusiasts.

Rick Massimo grew up in Providence, Rhode Island, and covered the Newport Folk Festival for nine years for the Providence Journal. He is also the author of A Walking Tour of the Georgetown Set. He lives with his wife in Washington, D.C.

What Cheer DJs (Chris and Jennifer Daltry) return to Wayland Square after moving What Cheer Records + Vintage,  their wildly popular shop,  from a physical location to the internet.  The force behind the ever popular Rock and Roll Yard Sale, What Cheer DJs are available for events of all sizes.  Chris Daltry also fronts the Providence-based band, The ‘Mericans, while Jennifer shows her illustrations and paintings throughout the region.