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Dr. Hollis Urban Liverpool

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Honorary Member

Phone: (412) ***-****  HQ Phone
Society for American Music
P.O. Box 99534
Pittsburgh , Pennsylvania 15233
United States

Company Description: The Society for American Music maintains three regular publications. Our peer-reviewed publication is the Journal of the Society for American Music , a quarterly...   more

Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Director


  • PhD , history and ethnomusicology
    University of Michigan
  • bachelor's degree , history and sociology
  • master's degree , history and African history
    University of Michigan
  • University of the West Indies
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SAM :: Honorary Members of SAM, 10 April 2015 [cached]
Hollis Urban Liverpool
Virgin Islands Humanities Council (VIHC) [cached]
o 1997 - Dr. Hollis "Chalkdust" Liverpool, Director of Culture, Trinidad & Tobago
Vintage Calypso Contest, 16 Aug 2007 [cached]
Dr Hollis Liverpool, performs as "Chalkdust", when he is not educating students as an Associate Professor in History at the University of the Virgin Islands or conducting seminars designed to produce the next generation of social bards by imparting the value of cultural arts in the school curriculum.
Liverpool is well known as an engaging lecturer and knowledgeable lyricist who was The Trinidad and Tobago Minister of Culture between 1993 and 1999.
"It you don't have a certain level of education, you can't make a calypso," he declared.
Liverpool was born in 1941 and raised in a middle class section of Laventile as part of the Catholic school system
Caribbean Beat: Archives, 30 Jan 2004 [cached]
Garry Steckles tips his hat to Dr Hollis Liverpool, otherwise known as the Mighty Chalkdust, who won his sixth Calypso Monarch title this year
Among other things, Dr Hollis Urban Lester Liverpool is a university lecturer, author, schoolteacher, historian, political pundit, and fearless social commentator.His heady accomplishments in a long, distinguished, and varied career in theworlds of academia and literature would have been enough to keep the averagehuman more than busy over the course of a lifetime.
But the achievement for which Dr Liverpool is revered throughout the English-speaking Caribbean has nothing to do with the lecturer's podium, the classroom, or book launches: he's most famous as the Mighty Chalkdust, one of the greatest exponents of calypso ever to draw breath.
Hollis Liverpool wrote his first calypsos in 1954, when he was a pupil at St Mary's College in Port of Spain, and turned professional in the late 60s.He won his first monarch title in 1976, and proved he was no flash in the pan by holding on to the coveted crown the following year.He won two more monarch crowns in the 80s, another in 1993, and, of course, his sixth this year.
Along the way, this remarkable man found time to graduate from the University of the West Indies (where he now lectures) with a bachelor's degree in history and sociology; to teach at both primary and secondary schools for 35 years; to earn a master's degree in history and African history, and a PhD in history and ethnomusicology from the University of Michigan; to become Trinidad's Director of Culture (a senior post in the civil service); to become director of the Carnival Institute of Trinidad and Tobago; and to publish a variety of books, among them Rituals of Power and Rebellion: The Carnival Tradition in Trinidad and Tobago and From the Horse's Mouth, a socio-cultural history of calypso from 1900 to 2003.
Today, at 63, Chalkie - as he's affectionately known throughout Trinidad and Tobago - is showing absolutely no signs of slowing down.Along with Sparrow, Stalin, and Shadow, the best known of his fellow elder statesmen of calypso, he's continuing to prove that there's more - much, much more - to Trinidadian music and culture than exhorting the masses to shake their collective booties.
Hollis Liverpool at the ..., 1 Oct 1999 [cached]
Hollis Liverpool at the CBMRCBMR Digest Vol.
Hollis Liverpool at the CBMR
Coming Events
Garifuna Materials Donated to CBMR
Hollis Liverpool in Residence at the CBMR
Hollis Liverpool, known in the world of calypso as "The Mighty Chalkdust," will be in residence at Columbia College Chicago for five weeks during fall 1999.The residency is being jointly supported by the Center for Black Music Research and the Graduate School of Columbia College, the former with funding from the Center's Rockefeller Resident Fellows program, the latter with funding from the David and Roberta Rubin Fund for Visiting Artists and Scholars.Dr. Liverpool is the first recipient of funding from the Rubin Fund, which was established in memory of David Rubin, a trustee and friend of the college, with contributions from his wife, children, and friends.
Liverpool is Director of Culture for Trinidad and, until his retirement, taught at the University of the West Indies in Port of Spain.As a published scholar, he has written articles about Caribbean steel pan music; as a vocalist, guitar player, and steel pan virtuoso, he has been crowned Trinidad's Calypso Monarch five times and the 1994 Calypso King of the World.
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