The Center for Popular Music is celebrating its 25th birthday this month. Come see a few items from the collection on display in the Walker Library atrium.
In the display is the history of everyone’s favorite song, “Happy Birthday,” along with other highlights from the center’s collections. A 25th-anniversary celebration, complete with cake and all the trimmings, is planned on Saturday, Oct. 23, from 12:30 to 2 p.m. during Homecoming Weekend.
The Center for Popular Music was created in July 1985 to serve and preserve the study of American popular music. It is one of 16 Centers of Excellence across the Tennessee Board of Regents system.
The main collection, located in the Bragg Mass Communication Building, includes sheet music and broadsides, rare music books, sound recordings, music trade catalogs, periodicals, performance documents, manuscripts and photographs ranging as far back as the early 1700s. The center specializes in rock and roll and its roots, the various forms of vernacular religious music and the music of Tennessee and the Southeast.