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Musicians of Rochester: Lawrence Johnson

Apr 23, 2018

Guitarist Lawrence Johnson at The Little Theatre Café

Lawrence Johnson: classical guitarist, retired city bus driver, composer, and passionate civil rights advocate.

To have a conversation with Lawrence Johnson is an opportunity to become acquainted with a fascinating person, while also getting an overview of the evolution of classical guitar in American musical life during the second half of the 20th century.  The impact of Segovia, the ways that many classical musicians didn’t take the guitar seriously, and the change in the approach and appreciation of classical guitar music – that’s all in there, along with trading a Volkswagon for a tape deck, late night bus runs with a guitar, and Greenwich village in the 1960s.

Whether you have a few minutes to spend with him...

Or close to an hour... 

... I’m sure you’ll be charmed. Listen to more of Lawrence Johnson’s recordings and compositions, along with reading his interviews and essays, on his website: CRG RecordingsRead more about Lawrence.