From Native Son to Native Song: A Conversation

From Native Son to Native Song: A Conversation

Open to the public at-large and presented in partnership with the University of Michigan’s Musical Society, this free event features Tony Award-winning playwright and singer Stew, who will offer an evening of musical homage to the late, great James Baldwin, a writer whose art and activism permanently altered American consciousness.

A contemporary analysis of Baldwin’s 1955 masterwork, the essay collection Notes of a Native Son, Stew’s Notes of a Native Song is an irreverent and spirited rock-and-roll song cycle.

Stew and his band, The Negro Problem, use Baldwin’s work to examine lingering civil rights woes through a rapturous mix of rock, jazz, and soul. His uniquely incisive lyrics pay homage to the writer, who spoke uncomfortable truths about race, love, class division, and politics.

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