YSU history profs lecture, perform British rock ‘n roll

David Simonelli

David Simonelli

Two Youngstown State University history professors will talk about – and perform – British rock music at an event 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17, in the Youngstown Historical Center of Industry and Labor (aka “Steel Museum”) at 151 W. Wood St. in Youngstown.

David Simonelli, YSU associate professor of History, will talk about his book Working Class Heroes: Rock Music and British Society in the 1960s and 1970s. Brian Bonhomme, assistant professor of History and the frontman of the British pop band Roman Holiday in the 1980s, will accompany Simonelli’s talk with a musical performance.

Brian Bonhomme

Brian Bonhomme

The presentation, sponsored by the YSU History Club, is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Heidi Summerlin at hrsummerlin@student.ysu.edu or Katie Carver at kccarver@student.ysu.edu.

Simonelli earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Connecticut, and a master’s degree and Ph.D. from Tulane University.  The 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 earned a bachelor’s degree in History and Russian Language from the City College of New York and a Ph.D. in Late Modern European History from the City University of New York. He joined the YSU history faculty in 2004. His research focuses on Russian and Soviet history, as well as environmental history. Prior to his academic career, Bonhomme

Brian Bonhomme, with guitar, as part of Roman Holiday in the 1980s.

Brian Bonhomme, with guitar, as part of Roman Holiday in the 1980s.

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.