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Rick Warren

June 15, 2015


Hudson, NY


Recorded by

Kate Ratcliff

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This interview was conducted with Rick Warren at Solaris in Hudson.  Rick was born in Kingston, NY in 1955 and spent his Childhood in Hurley, NY.  He has worked different jobs in information technology, and retained a passion for music his whole life. Rick plays guitar and is interested in rock, jazz and improvisation.  Some of the subjects touched on in the interview include Childhood in a small town, adolescent friendship, vacationing on the Jersey shore, combining work and interests outside of work, the shift from large corporate farms to smaller family operations, changes in Hudson, cycles of gentrification, changing music curriculum in schools, the Creative Music Studio in Big Indian, NY, playing on the street in Hudson, the work of Taconic Bio Sciences, and Debbie’s Lil Restaurant.

This interview might be of interest to people who want to hear about social and cultural changes since the 1970s, changing life on Warren Street, the isolating impact of technology, the field of computer programing and information technology, the value of a walking city, the music scene in Hudson and the importance of music in the life of one Hudson resident.

Interviewer Bio:
Kate Ratcliff

I teach History and American Studies at Marlboro College in Marlboro, Vermont.  I am interested in oral history as a way to deepen and expand the historical record, highlight the relationship between individual experiences and broader social contexts, and introduce students to the work of deep listening and engaged learning.

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