Experience Music Project is pleased to announce the program for its first conference on popular music studies. The conference will feature 100 people from a variety of professional worlds--scholars, musicians, journalists, writers, and teachers -all coming together for the first time at a single event to engage in a new public dialogue about the significance of popular music in American life.
The keynote will be a debate between Village Voice music critic Robert Christgau and British popular music scholar and critic Simon Frith on the idea of American exceptionalism in popular music. An additional 32 panels over two days will feature explorations of the conference theme, "making popular music," from a number of perspectives, including:
Jazz writer Gary Giddins, Ralph Ellison scholar William Maxwell, and UCLA musicologist Rob Walser on the history and current state of jazz studies
Literature scholar Stephen Burt, English professor Daphne Brooks, and British music writer Simon Warner on the complex connections between popular music, poetry, and literature
Musician Sarah Dougher, Aerosmith roadie Julie Peterson, and Teen People editor Barbara O'Dair on their experiences in the culture industry
Music professors Chris Waterman, Anthony Killick, Stephen Taylor, and Luke Howard on the "Strange Frequencies" of popular music
EMP Director Bob Santelli, Cultural critic Luc Sante, editor and writer R.J. Smith, and Library of America editor Geoffrey O'Brien on the "Genealogies of Pop."
Other participants include Harris Berger, Rob Bowman, Eric Charry, Shannon Dudley, William Echard, Susan Fast, Paul Fischer, Reebee Garafalo, David Gates, Kyra Gaunt, Holly George-Warren, Charlie McGovern, Andre Millard, Jon Pareles, Robert Polito, Ann Powers, Simon Reynolds, Kelefah Sanneh, David Sanjek, Joseph Schloss, Thomas Swiss, Jason Toynbee, Carol Vernallis, Steve Waksman, Deena Weinstein, and many more.
Experience Music Project
2901 3rd Ave., Suite 400
Seattle, WA 98121
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