Barry Drake - Rock & Roll History Lectures
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Barry Drake - Rock & Roll History Lectures

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"Barry's Awards"

Barry's Awards

5 Time Winner - NACA Lecturer Of The Year

3 Time Winner - Campus Activities Magazine Lecturer Of The Year

NACA Founders Award Recipient (NACA's Highest Honor)

C. Shaw Smith Southeast NACA Founders Award Recipient

New England Region Outstanding Associate Award Recipient

Barry Drake Professional Development Award Established in 1995

NACA Upper Midwest Region Hall Of Fame Award Rccipient - Barry Drake

"Some Reviews"

"A great show! The audience loved it. Barry was awesome. The best show we had this year. HE ROCKED OUR WORLD!".
Lafayette College, PA

"Another fantastic show at UT. Like Barry's other shows, the 80s was a hit!"
The University Of Tennessee, TN

"Stop thinking about booking Barry Drake! What's to think about? Barry delivers a professional, fun and thought provoking lecture every time. This is a definite no-brainer. Do it today!".
Brookdale Community College, NJ

"Barry Drake's show was awesome. He is a wonderful, charismatic lecturer. He knows what he is talking about and the audience respects him for that!""
USC Spartanburg, SC

"Tremendous turnout! 60s Rock is a great Parent's Weekend event! Barry will be invited back!"
Roger Williams University, RI

"Barry's presentation is superb! Publicity materials are great. The entire show is professional!"
SUNY Geneseo, NY

"Barry Drake is my idol. He knows everything about Rock & Roll. I'd sit through all four lectures three times a week. We love him!"
The University Of Akron, OH - Various

"University Of VA Review"

I thought you would enjoy seeing this unofficial “review” of Barry’s
shows at The University Of Virginia.
Barry and Pat~
This e-mail was sent by one sorority sister to the rest of the sorority.
Jennifer Monges- Univ. of Virginia Activities Advisor

THE SHORT VERSION: You should definitely go!
In the business of this week I managed to find the time to go to the 60's Rock lecture UPC hosted tonight. It was AMAZING!! Music historian,
Barry Drake, showed a multi-media presentation (i.e. music, video and
images) and I learned a ridiculous amount of awesome trivia and was
totally entertained. And when I say amazing, I mean absolutely, really,
really ridiculous unbelievable!
The point is, he is doing a similar lecture TOMORROW NIGHT,
WEDNESDAY, on the music of the 80s!!! Who wouldn't want to be there?!?!
It's at 7pm in Newcomb Hall Theater and you should DEFINITELY GO!!. I
enjoyed it immensely and he is a wonderful lecturer, very entertaining and he himself is pretty awesome. In the sixties lecture tonight, he
mentioned how he would sit on the steps of the Grateful Dead house in
San Francisco and talk with Jerry Garcia, how he once had Bruce
Springsteen (before he made it big) open for HIM at a show. How he saw
basically every big name of the sixties play (and honestly, was friends
with a good half of them- can you say Janis Joplin? Bob Dylan? The
Doors? The Band? i could go on) and the thing that got me the most was
how he and Jimi Hendrix played across the street from each other in the clubs of Greenwich Village in the 60s (a bit before Jimi hit it big as the
Hendrix we know obviously) and they would both walk across the street in between each of their sets and discuss their respective audiences, how the night was going,... i mean, COME ON!! You have to go see this!!
just do it, screw midterms.
- Barry Drake


5 time NACA Campus Lecturer Of The Year!
3 time Campus Activities Magazine Lecturer Of The Year!



....BARRY DRAKE has often been called a walking encyclopedia of Rock & Roll. A graduate of Manhattan College in Riverdale, New York, he has been totally involved in the world of music since buying his first Rock & Roll records when he was 10 years old. Growing up in the New York City area, Barry went everywhere there was music to be heard. He saw everyone from Buddy Holly and Chuck Berry at the Brooklyn Paramount, to Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin at the Fillmore East & West. He watched Bob Dylan go electric at The Newport Folk Festival and when San Francisco exploded with the Summer Of Love, Barry was there, hanging out on the streets of Haight-Ashbury with The Grateful Dead and The Jefferson Airplane and attending the legendary Monterey Pop Festival. Later on in the 70s, he witnessed everything from the birth of Punk Music at CBGB'S to the arrival of Bruce Springsteen from the clubs of the Jersey shore.
....Throughout this time, Barry was also a singer/songwriter, playing alongside Van Morrison, Joni Mitchell, Jimi Hendrix, Emmylou Harris, Loudon Wainwright III, Richie Havens and James Taylor in the clubs of New York's Greenwich Village. In 1970 he was signed to Capitol Records and hit the road, playing colleges and clubs from coast to coast. In the hectic years that followed, he recorded three albums and extensively toured the United States and Europe.
....In 1984 Barry added Rock & Roll Lectures to an already busy concert schedule. From their humble beginnings, Barry's Rock & Roll Multimedia Presentations on the 50s, 60s, 70s and 80s have become some of the most popular shows on college campuses. He has been voted Campus Lecturer Of The Year 5 times by The National Association For Campus Activities and Campus Lecturer Of The Year 3 times by Campus Activities Magazine.
....Barry's goal has always been very simple, to keep great music alive and to make every campus in America ROCK!