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Songwriters to Soundmen - Terry Lickona and Scott Newton - April 2010

From Songwriters to Soundmen:  The People Behind the Hits

Wednesday, April 14, 2010  7pm

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, Foster Theater, Cleveland Ohio
Terry Lickona, Austin City Limits Producer
Scott Newton, Austic City Limits House Photographer

Interviewed by Lauren Onkey, Vice President of Education and Public Programs, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Presented in conjunction with the exhibit Great Music. No Limits. Celebrating 35 Years of Austin City Limits

About Austin City Limits
AUSTIN CITY LIMITS: "Great Music. No Limits." Now the longest-running music series in American television history, ACL showcases popular music legends and innovators from every genre. In addition to being honored by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum as a rock and roll landmark, AUSTIN CITY LIMITS is the only television program to ever receive the National Medal of Arts, the nation's highest award for artistic excellence, and was recently selected as a Rock and Roll Landmark by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. Broadcast in high-definition and 5.1-surround sound, the show is produced by KLRU-TV and airs on PBS stations nationwide. Funding for Austin City Limits is provided in part by AMD, Budweiser and the Austin Convention Center Department.  Additional funding provided by the Friends of Austin City Limits.

About Terry Lickona
Since 1978, Terry Lickona has been the producer of Austin City Limits.

Now celebrating 35 years on public television, ACL is the longest-running popular music series in American television history. In 2003, ACL was awarded the National Medal of Arts, the nation's highest honor for artistic excellence, by the President of the United States. In 2009, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum honored both the studio where ACL is produced and the series itself as a "historic rock and roll landmark."  In addition to ACL, Terry has produced many other specials and series for public television, cable, domestic and foreign syndication, home video, and DVD - approximately 1,000 programs, with artists ranging from legends like Ray Charles and Johnny Cash to Juanes, Coldplay and Neil Young to Dave Matthews Band, Dixie Chicks, Pearl Jam and Foo Fighters.  October 2009 marked the 8th anniversary of the Austin City Limits Music Festival, featuring over 150 bands and attracting a sold-out crowd of over 200,000 fans, making it one of the most successful festivals of its kind in the country.

Terry served as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences from 2005-2007, Chair Emeritus from 2007-2009, was a founding member of the Texas Chapter of The Recording Academy and continues to serve as co-chair of the Television Committee overseeing the Grammy Awards Show on CBS-TV.  He is also Vice Chairman of the Latin Recording Academy, based in Miami, Florida.  A native of Poughkeepsie, New York, Terry has lived in Austin, Texas since 1974.

About Scott Newton
Scott Newton has been the house photographer for Austin City Limits for 31 of the show's 35 years, capturing some of the world's finest musicians on film, (and later with digital photography), for posterity. His work has been published on numerous record/cd album covers, and in many magazines and books, including four books illustrated entirely by his work: three about Austin City Limits, the two most recent being Austin City Limits-25 years of American Music, and the forthcoming Austin City Limits--35 Years in Photographs.  His work entirely illustrates the republished version of The Improbable Rise of Redneck Rock.  He has also worked extensively as a freelance photographer, shooting not only music, but also politics.