Rock ‘n’ roll all night at the library

Mary Pom ClaiborneDowntown, Our Town Arts

Back by popular demand, one of Knoxville’s most beloved musicians, Sean McCollough, presents “A History of Rock ‘n’ Roll.” In a quartet of Thursday evenings beginning April 14, McCollough brings his extensive knowledge of music history to Lawson McGhee Library for an unconventional, performance-laced romp through the history of rock ‘n’ roll. In the four-part series, McCollough will explore the roots of rock through the 1970s with lectures, discussions, stories and live performances.

Music on the Mezzanine: “A History of Rock ‘n’ Roll” at Lawson McGhee Library | 6:30-8 p.m.

  • April 14- Roots of Rock
  • April 21 – The 50s
  • April 28 – The 60s
  • May 5 -The 70s

Sean McCollough’s course on the history of rock and roll is one of the most in-demand courses at the University of Tennessee’s School of Music. McCollough is well-known throughout the region as both a musician and an ethnomusicologist specializing in American music, particularly the music of Appalachia. He plays guitar, claw-hammer banjo and mandolin. He performs regularly with The LoneTones and plays music in schools and other venues for children.

Sean McCollough

The 2nd floor mezzanine of Lawson McGhee Library houses the Sights & Sounds department, which features an extensive collection of music CDs, streaming music and other media, audiobooks on CD, feature films, documentaries and television shows, all available for checkout or download.

Presented by Knox County Public Library and Friends of the Knox County Public Library, Music on the Mezzanine is made possible through an Arts Build Communities Grant from the Tennessee Arts Commission and the Knoxville Arts and Culture Alliance.

Mary Pom Claiborne is assistant director for marketing, communications and development for Knox County Public Library. She writes a Wednesday feature for

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