Jazz, Rock & Roll, and the Law: Lecture & Rock Concert
Bernard and Irene Schwartz Distinguished Speakers Series
Talk by Randall Kennedy, Performance by Tash Neal and band
Fri, June 5th, 2020 | 7:00 pm

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Join us for an evening of words and music inspired by the exhibition Bill Graham and the Rock & Roll Revolution. During the 1960s and ’70s, Americans fervently challenged the boundaries of longstanding cultural conventions and tastes. Legal scholar Randall Kennedy explores the relationship between music and the law and illuminates some of the legal obstacles jazz and rock & roll musicians faced throughout history, including a 1981 U.S. Supreme Court case involving the band Blood, Sweat & Tears. The talk will be followed by a concert with Tash Neal and his band playing songs by Blood, Sweat & Tears and the Grateful Dead as well as other classics performed at Bill Graham’s famed Fillmore concert venues.

Randall Kennedy is Michael R. Klein Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, a former Rhodes Scholar, and former clerk to Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall.

Tash Neal is a Harlem-based guitarist, singer, and songwriter. As a member of the duo the London Souls from 2008 to 2018, Neal opened for artists such as The Who, Lenny Kravitz, and the Tedeschi Trucks Band.


The Robert H. Smith Auditorium at the New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West, New York, NY 10024

Through the generosity of Bernard and Irene Schwartz, the New-York Historical Society brings a wide array of extraordinary lectures and dynamic conversations to New York’s Upper West Side.

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