Hastings Street Blues Project

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Date: February 4, 2020
Time: 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Location: Humanities Center #2339 | Map
656 W. Kirby
Detroit, MI 48202
Category: Lecture

Hastings Street Blues is a documentary work-in-progress that will examine mid-20th Century African American life in Detroit and the city’s pre-Motown music legacy. The blues and its duality of hope and hard times becomes a driving narrative, and metaphor for the film’s parallel themes of self-determination and community displacement. Hastings Street record shop owner and record producer, Joe Von Battle becomes the central character who weaves these themes together. The writings and performances of his daughter, Kresge Literary Fellow Marsha Music, inform his story, as will the first person accounts of those who knew him, archival images and the music he recorded. Filmmaker Juanita Anderson addresses the process of developing this documentary feature film, and ponders the relationship between present-day physical place, collective memory and forgetfulness.

Juanita Anderson is a senior lecturer in the Department of Communication and 2019-20 Murray E. Jackson University Creative Scholar in the Arts recipient. 


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