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ONLINE—Jimmy Carter: Rock & Roll President

Friday, September 11—Thursday, October 15, 2020, Online

(Mary Wharton, US 2019, 96 min.)

There are many ways to judge the legacy of a leader, but rarely do we get a chance to view it through the lens of popular music. Jimmy Carter’s grass roots presidential campaign featured many fundraising concerts, particularly two by The Allman Brothers and Jimmy Buffet, to connect with the youth vote and to raise necessary campaign funds. Carter’s upbringing in rural Georgia exposed him to a variety of musical styles that he developed an appreciation for, including gospel, rock, country, and folk. Throughout his time as Governor of Georgia and into his presidency, Carter made outdoor musical gatherings a mainstay, highlighting some of the best music the country had to offer. Testimonials from Bono, Bob Dylan, Nile Rogers, Garth Brooks, Willie Nelson, and Trisha Yearwood, alongside vintage performances from Mahalia Jackson, Johnny Cash, Dizzy Gillespie, Sarah Vaughn, and Ray Charles underscore Carter’s commitment to American music.

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