Professors offer program on British rock music

Staff report


Two Youngstown State University history professors will talk about — and perform — British rock music Thursday at 5 p.m. at the Youngstown Historical Center of Industry and Labor (aka, the steel museum), 151 W. Wood St.

David Simonelli will talk about his book, “Working Class Heroes: Rock Music and British Society in the 1960s and 1970s,” while Brian Bonhomme, who was the frontman of the British pop band Roman Holiday in the 1980s, will accompany Simonelli’s talk with a musical performance.

The presentation, sponsored by the YSU History Club, is free and open to the public. For information, contact Heidi Summerlin at

Simonelli’s book, based on his doctoral dissertation, documents changes in British society and the socio-economic classes during the 1960s and 1970s through the lens of rock music.

Bonhomme joined the YSU history faculty in 2004. Before his academic career, Bonhomme was the founder, guitarist and one of the principal songwriters for Roman Holiday, which at its peak played on MTV and performed about 300 shows a year across Europe, Japan and the United States. The band, which opened for bands such as The Clash, Culture Club and The Stray Cats, released two records.

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