US v UK Punk: A Fulbright Alumni Event from the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Presented by Dr Jason Hanley and Dr Mandy Smith of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Date: August 27, 2020, 7:30 p.m.

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Join Rock Hall educators Dr. Jason Hanley and Dr. Mandy Smith as they tell the story of punk rock. It all begins in New York City in the mid-1970s, where musicians like the Ramones and the New York Dolls pushed the boundaries of self-expression. They stripped rock and roll down to its essential elements, played it fast and loud, and connected to a youthful generation that felt left behind.

Soon after, the music crossed the Atlantic and found a home in London where bands such as The Clash and the Sex Pistols used the music as a way to comment on unfair economic and social conditions in the UK.  This gave rise to the subcultural revolution we all know as punk rock. 

The sounds of punk have changed over the years, but punk rockers have always embraced anti-style fashion and a do-it-yourself, or DIY, attitude.  Take a trip with us to explore the early years of punk and understand why it continues to shake the world and rock hard with a message.

About Jason Hanley:

As Vice President of Education and Visitor Engagement, it is Jason Hanley’s responsibility to make sure that every guest who engages with the Rock Hall learns its history and leaves inspired. Jason works to develop the Museum’s award-winning programs at the preK-12, university, and adult learning levels. He helps plan and implement all of the Museum’s family events and live concerts, and he oversees the museum’s daily operations and visitor experience. Jason is executive producer of the Museum’s Rock Hall Honors series and is often the face of the Rock Hall in interviews with artists, producers, and industry professionals. 

Hanley holds a Ph.D. in Musicology from Stony Brook University and has been with the Rock Hall since 2004. Before coming to the Rock Hall he worked in New York as a performing musician, songwriter, record label owner, scholar, and author. Music has always been a central focus of his life, from seeing Elvis Presley when he was only five, performing live at CBGBs in the early 1990s, and his current work at the Rock Hall. Hanley has spent time at the lectern in several schools teaching classes in music history, electronic music, and popular music studies at Hofstra, Cleveland State, Case Western and Stony Brook University.

About Mandy Smith:

Mandy Smith is the Director of Education at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. She oversees all pre-kindergarten through college onsite and online learning—including Rock Hall EDU, a website where teachers can find assets to bring the power of rock & roll into their classrooms. Mandy helped design and continues to run The Garage, the Rock Hall’s interactive musical instrument exhibit. She earned her PhD in Musicology from Case Western Reserve University and her MA in Musicology from California State University, Long Beach. She designed her own BA in History of Rock & Roll Music through Indiana University’s Individualized Major Program. Mandy has drummed in punk, metal, alternative, and prog rock bands for 25 years.