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Rock and Roll History with James Ronan

When Feb 23, 2012
from 07:00 PM to 08:00 PM
Where Decorah Public Library
Contact Name
Contact Phone 563-382-3717
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James Ronan will present a free program about the history of rock and roll music at 7 p.m. Thursday February 23 on the second floor of Decorah Public Library. 

In addition to giving an overview of rock and roll history, Ronan will discuss the Iowa and Midwest connections that shaped the music scene in the 1950's and early 1960's: the ballrooms, artists, promoters, radio stations, and more. He will also discuss Iowa's Rock ‘n Roll Music Association Hall of Fame, his own musical memories from growing up in Eastern Iowa, and his involvement with Dance and Stay Young Productions (D.A.S.Y.). Posters, photos, and other memorabilia will be on display, along with a sampling of the era's music.

A Northeast Iowa native, Ronan got his first taste of live music in the summer of 1965 when local deejay Darrell Winkie booked The Byrds into Spillville, Iowa’s Inwood Ballroom. By the early 1970s Ronan had begun a career in broadcasting and booking live entertainment. In the 1980s he formed his own agency called Dance and Stay Young Productions. Through D.A.S.Y., he books acts at all levels – from local artists to internationally touring talent -- and tries especially to bring these performers to the remaining ballrooms in the Midwest. 

When the Iowa Rock ‘n Roll Music Association Hall of Fame was formed in 1997, Ronan became their first secretary/treasurer -- and has been active on the board ever since. Today he is back in Decorah operating his production company and continuing to enjoy as much live music as he can. For 35 years of dedication to music, Ronan was the recipient of a Danny Matousek Lifetime Achievement Awards as a member of the Hall of Fame Class of 2007.

In regards to the Decorah Public Library program, Ronan advises that “Poodle skirts, blue suede shoes and duck tails are not required for admission but bring your rock n' roll attitude plus some questions for a fun and informative night of music history.”

Call Decorah Public Library at 563-382-3717 for more information.