video title: Sacramento Music of the 20th Century
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video source: SacTVnews
published on YouTube August 26, 2012

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duration 9:47 minutes

Sacramento Historian William Burg #4: Sacramento 1980s/1990s "Video of the Day" review by Alex Cosper on August 26, 2012

In our fourth of six interviews recorded August 23, 2012, William Burg speaks about how local culture changed in the 1980s as officials began to favor bigger shows and bigger business to do business with. Downtown cruising was popular, but phased out due to negative impact on business owners. Downtown became less of a hangout in many cities starting in the fifties due to the way city planners began to segregrate recreation from work and shopping.

At one time Downtown was a more centralized area that encompassed a more welcome sense of living, shopping and enjoying recreation, but once lack of parking became an issue, a lot of culture shifted to suburbs, which kept becoming more corporate beginning in the 1980s. Burg, who has written four books on Sacramento's past, also helps organize local events such as Soca Home Tour 2012 and Norcal Noisefest 2012.

William Burg Interview Series:

Part 1:Introduction to Sacramento Entertainment History
Part 2:Sacramento Cultural Diversity
Part 3:Sacramento 20th Century Music
Part 4:Sacramento 1980s/1990s
Part 5:Sacramento Culture
Part 6:Sacramento Community Events

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