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.

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!

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!”



Scranton Public Library in Madison, CT

Shelton Library, CT

Trumbull Library,CT

New Milford Public Library,CT

Enfield Public Library, CT

Lyme Public Library, CT

East Hampton Public Library, CT

Darien Library, CT

Brainer Library in Haddam, CT

Goshen Public Library, CT

Meriden Public Library, CT

Eastern Monroe Public Library – Stroudsburgm, PA

Cultural center of cape cod, MA

Haverstraw King’s Daughters Public Library, Garnerville, NY

Schoolhouse Theater, NY

Lunazoot Concerts, Tampa FL

Mahwah Public Library, NJ

Hyde Park Public Library, NY

Goshen Public Library, CT

Meriden Public Library, CT

Eastern Monroe Public Library, PA

North Castle Public Library, NY

Suffern Library, NY

Westfield Public Library, NJ

Sayreville Public Library, NY

Tophsham Public Library, ME

Acton Library, CT

West Nyack Library, NY

Crawford Library, NY

Kent Memorial Library, CT

Dublin Library, CA

Fremont Main Library, CA

Point Reyes Station Library, CA

Oxnard Public Library, CA

Santa Monica Library, CA

Idyllwild Library, CA


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