Marvin Schwartz, author of We Wanna Boogie: The Rockabilly Roots of Sonny Burgess and the Pacers will be in the Walker Community Room Please join us on June 26 at 6:00. The event is part of the Fayetteville Library Summer Author Series.
Schwartz’s story offers a portrait of a rock ‘n roll pioneer and his home town of Newport, Arkansas. Members of the Rockabilly Hall of Fame, Burgess and other Pacer musicians tell of their original recordings for Sun Record in the 1950s, their shows with Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash and others, and their success in the contemporary rockabilly revival in the U.S. and overseas. We Wanna Boogie also tells the vibrant history of a once-prominent Delta community, a high-spirited river town of extensive agricultural wealth and its transitions through the economic challenges faced by rural America in the 20th Century.
A New York native and an Arkansan by choice, Marvin Schwartz is a professional writer whose work focuses on state culture and heritage. We Wanna Boogie is his eighth book of Arkansas history. After earning a Masters of Fine Arts in poetry from the University of Arkansas, he found a place in his adopted state as a journalist, speech and grant writer, educator and director of nonprofit organizations. In addition to his writing he is a national champion masters swimmer and an avid mandolin player.
We Wanna Boogie received the 2016 Worthen Prize-Arkansas History Book of the Year
2015 Arkansiana Award- Nonfiction Book of the Year-Arkansas Library Association
2015 Arkansas GEM Book-Arkansas State Library
Following his talk, Marvin will be available to sign books