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Don Was to present Carr Lecture

March 19, 2013

Don Was, a musician, Grammy-winning producer, composer and president of the legendary jazz label Blue Note Records, will present Skidmore's annual Carr Lecture at 8 p.m. Monday, April 1, in Gannett Auditorium, Palamountain Hall.

Was will discuss the past, present and future of the music business, including career opportunities, in a lecture titled "From Walking Dinosaurs to Rolling Stones: A Conversation with Don Was." The discussion will be moderated by Music Department Chair Joel Brown. An audience Q&A session will follow.

The lecture is free and open to the public.

A native of Detroit, Was grew up listening to jazz, blues and the Rolling Stones. Starting out as a professional musician, he is now recognized as a  major record producer, having worked with Bob Dylan, the Rolling Stones, Bonnie Raitt, Iggy Pop, Ziggy Marley, the B-52s, Elton John, Garth Brooks, Ringo Starr, Willie Nelson, Brian Wilson, Kris Kristofferson, Aaron Neville, and others. He has earned multiple Grammy awards, including Producer of the Year in 1995.

He also served as musical director or consultant on several motion pictures, including Thelma and Louise, Hope Floats, Honeymoon in Vegas, 8 Seconds, The Freshman, Days of Thunder, Boys on the Side and Toy Story. His compositions for the film Backbeat earned a British Academy Award (BAFTA) for Best Original Score. In 1997 Was directed and produced the documentary I Just Wasn't Made for These Times about former Beach Boy Brian Wilson.

Was has served as president of Blue Note Records since January 2012.

The Carr Distinguished Interdisciplinary Lecture Series allows students and faculty to interact with influential leaders and professionals on the cutting edge of social issues, nonprofit and public service innovations, and social responsibility, with a specific emphasis on helping Skidmore students think about the transition from college to the working world or to further studies. In addition to the public presentation, Was's Carr residency will include visits to select classes and meetings with students.

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