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Speakers Bureau Catalog

Main Topic: Music
Topic: Gospel/Jazz/Blues

Speaker: Helen Waring Johnson


Getting to Know Weldon Kees Through His Songs and Lyrics

Beatrice Nebraska native Weldon Kees, known primarily for his dark poetry, was also one of the mid-century’s most versatile and artistic personalities–an abstract expressionist artist, photographer, accomplished pianist and composer-lyricist of popular songs. Singer-Songwriter Waring Johnson discusses Kees and performs from this little known repertoire focusing on Kees’ witty, intelligent lyrics of songs written in collaboration with San Francisco clarinetist Bob Helm.


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