A History of the 50’s & 60’s Through the Lens of Popular Song

STUDEBAKER LAUGH-webMarc Black, recent inductee into the NY Chapter of the Blues Hall of Fame, has created an engaging and humorous program… and an opportunity for the audience to relive this colorful time in our history.  Well received all across the Country in libraries, art centers and small theaters, folks cheerfully sing along beginning to end!

In the presentation, Marc uses a wide range of popular songs including surprising favorites like Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini, great rock tunes like Blue Suede Shoes and moving folk songs like Bob Dylan’s Blowin’ in the Wind.  The show also features a performance of his own group’s hit from 1967… Happy by the Blades of Grass.

And beside being fun, boston.com listed it as one of the top ten area events that’ll “make you smarter!”

And now, the program is being offered with a slide show that’ll slide you right back in time!  This thought provoking, multi-media show is bound to get everyone singing and feeling good about where we are…and where we’ve been.

Here is a clip to give you an idea of what the show is like:


 Here’s a preview piece before a library show in Connecticut

And here are some reviews!

Marc Black is a cultural historian with a guitar, as smart and savvy as he is entertaining.  The audience was hooked from the second he set foot on stage.  ( Kleinert/James Art Center in Woodstock, Derin Tanya).

Lauren Wolk, Ass. Director of the Cultural Center of Cape Cod:  “Our experience with Marc Black was entirely positive.  He drew a great audience of people who appreciated the music, Marc’s narrative, and the pictures he screened that linked the songs to the social history of the ’50’s and ’60’s: All of it.  After the standing ovation, many people stayed to talk about Marc and his unique tapestry of music, stories and images.  we’d happily have him back.”

Linnae Cintron, BookHouse Coordinator, Stroudsburg, PA:  Marc is a great performer.  His music along with his commentary of the time and information about his own life was a great experience.  I recommend Marc Black to anyone who would like to experience an exciting and educational cultural event. We hope to have him back in the future.

Adam Keeble, Lois Bay Library:  “Thanks again for the great show on Saturday. We got some great feedback.  We would love to have you here again!”

Lois Gracey, Kent Library:  “Everybody in the library in Suffield loved it!  They all sang along — including parents and their teen-aged sons!  We can’t say enough about the quality and the fun factor of Marc’s program.”

Bridget Thorne, manager Schoolhouse Theater:  “Marc added newness to a great assortment of 50’s & 60’s songs.  Our audience heartily sang along and while enjoying his interesting perspectives on these two tumultuous decades.  We hope he comes back!”

Barbara Fleeman, Santa Monica Library:  “How great it is to see a performer show passion in his work.  Thank you for the best concert ever!”

Emma Gibbon, Topsham Library:  “Thank you for such a great program on Friday.  I have just recommended you on the Maine library listserv!”

Tom Piezzo, Scranton Public Library:  “We hosted Mark’s 50s/60s show at the Scranton Memorial Lib in Madison to a large, very satisfied crowd, who sang along and shared in Marc’s commentary.”

Paul and Elaine Krauss:  “Thank you from the depths of our hearts for an evening of superb entertainment at the Schoolhouse Theater.  It was a truly memorable blast!!!!  We hope to see you again, soon.”

Sally Tornow:  “New Milford Public Library hosted Marc last night and the close to 50 people loved every minute of it. Highly recommend!”

Bonnie, East Hampton Public Library:  “Thank you so much for your program on Friday night.   I enjoyed it and so did the audience.   I hope you’ll return to perform for us next year.”

Elspeth Lydon, Shelton Library:  “The Friends of the Shelton Library brought in Marc and his ‘history of the ’50’s and 60’s through popular song’ program.  He added photos and stories to the music for a brilliant touch.  Hire him!”




Dublin Library, CA

Fremont Main Library, CA

Idyllwild Library, CA

Oxnard Public Library, CA

Point Reyes Station Library, CA

Santa Monica Library, CA


Acton Library, Old Saybrook, CT

Brainerd Memorial Library in Haddam, CT

Cos Cob Library, CT

Darien Library, CT

Durham Public Library

East Hampton Public Library, CT

Enfield Public Library, CT

Goshen Public Library, CT

Kent Memorial Library, CT

Lyme Public Library, CT

Meriden Public Library, CT

New Milford Public Library,CT

Scranton Public Library in Madison, CT

Shelton Library, CT

Stratford Library, CT

Trumbull Library,CT


Lunazoot Concerts, Tampa FL


Bingham Library, ME

Brown Memorial Library, China, ME

Brunswick Bandshell Concert, ME

Gray Library, ME

Hurd Library, North Berwick, ME

Maine State Library, Augusta, ME

Old Town Library, ME

Old Maine Summer Town Concerts, ME

Thomas Memorial Library, Cape Elizabeth, ME

Topsham Public Library, ME


Washington County Free Library, MD


Boston Public Library, West End Branch, MA

Cultural Center of Cape Cod, MA

Spectrum Playhouse, Lee, MA

Wilbraham Public Library


Activities Unlimited, Wyckoff, NJ

Bearsville Theater, Woodstock, NY

Belmar Library, NJ

Ben Rock Public Library

Brigantine Library, NJ

Burlington County Library

Clearbrook Community, NJ

Dowdell Library, South Amboy, NJ

Fairfield Public Library, NJ

Louis Bay Free Library, NJ

Mahwah Public Library, NJ

Middletown Township Public Library

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Presentation Catholic Church Mens Group, NJ

Ramsey Public Library

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Westfield Public Library, NJ

Woodbridge Public Library, NJ


Apple Ridge Condominiums, Mahway, NY

Bayport-Blue Point Public Library, NY

Boardman Library, Poughkeepsie, NY

Colgate University, Hamilton, NY

Lady Library, Nichols, NY

Cortland Free Library, NY

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Depauville Public Library

Kleinert/James Art Center, Woodstock, NY

Haverstraw King’s Daughters Public Library, Garnerville, NY

East Meadow Public Library

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Hyde Park Public Library, NY

Jericho Public Library, NY

Longwood Public Library, NY

Manhasset Public Library

Mastics-Moriches-Shirley Public Library

Massena Public Library

Mohonk Mountain House,  New Paltz, NY

Mount Kisco Library, NY

North Castle Public Library, NY

Ossining Public Library, NY

Ramsey Public Library, NJ

Sayreville Public Library, NY

Schoolhouse Theater, NY

Suffern Library, NY

Town Crier Cafe, Beacon, NY

West Nyack Library, NY

Woodbury Public Library, NY


Burke Public Library, Morganton, NC

Carteret Community College, NC

Chatham Community Library, Pittsboro, NC

North 87 South, Graham, NC

Trinity Oaks Senior Living Community, Salisbury, NC


Eastern Monroe Public Library – Stroudsburg, PA


Prater House Concert, Columbia, SC


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