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Popular Music Books in Process Series


This series, a collaboration between Journal of Popular Music Studies, IASPM-US, and the Pop Conference (whose host institution is now the Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music), began in June 2020. It’s meant to offer writers and scholars with books on all kinds of popular music, whether recently published or still in progress, a chance to connect with a deeply interested community of readers.

All events take place on Tuesdays at 5pm ET. Email to receive weekly emails and Zoom links.

To see earlier series sessions, go to our YouTube page

Popular Music Books in Process co-organizers:

Kimberly Mack, University of Toledo

Francesca Royster, DePaul University

Gustavus Stadler, Haverford College

Eric Weisbard, University of Alabama

Carl Wilson, Slate

May 31 -- David Cantwell in conversation with Charles Hughes, The Running Kind: Listening to Merle Haggard (University of Texas Press)

June 14 -- Caryn Rose in conversation with Alison Fensterstock, Why Patti Smith Matters (University of Texas Press)

June 28 -- Steve Waksman in conversation with Simon Frith, Live Music in America: A History from Jenny Lind to Beyonce (Oxford University Press)

July 12 -- Shanté Paradigm Smalls, Hip Hop Heresies: Queer Aesthetics in New York City (NYU Press)

July 26 -- Mike Errico, with Burkhard Bilger, Music, Lyrics, and Life: A Field Guide for the Advancing Songwriter (Backbeat)

August 9 -- L.J. Müller in conversation with translator Manu Reyes, Hearing Sexism: Gender in the Sound of Popular Music. A Feminist Approach (transcript Verlag)

[late summer break]

Sept 6 -- Michael Tau, Extreme Music: Silence to Noise and Everything In-between (Feral House)

Sept 20 -- Louis Niebur, Menergy: San Francisco's Gay Disco Sound (Oxford University Press), and Barry Walters, Mighty Real: The Music That Built LGBTQ America (Penguin, in progress)

NEW DATE: OCTOBER 11, 5PM, EST - 33 1/3 Japan Series: City Pop, Punk Rock, and Female Artists in Japan with Lasse Lehtonen, Yuming's The 14th Moon; Brooke McCorkle Okazaki, Shonen Knife's Happy Hour: Food, Gender, Rock and Roll; and Noriko Manabe, the series editor for 33 1/3 Japan. 

October 18 -- Ricky Rodriguez in conversation with Alexandra Vazquez, A Kiss Across the Ocean: Transatlantic Intimacies of British Post-Punk and U.S. Latinidad (Duke University Press)

Nov. 1 -- Mark Anthony Neal, Black Ephemera: The Crisis and Challenge of the Musical Archive (NYU Press)

Nov 15 -- Francesca Royster in conversation with Rissi Palmer, Black Country Music: Listening for Revolutions (University of Texas Press)

Nov 29 --Gayle Wald in conversation with Gustavus Stadler, This is Rhythm, biography of Ella Jenkins, (University of Chicago Press, in progress)

Dec 13 -- Victor Szabo, Turn On, Tune In, Drift Off: Ambient Music’s Psychedelic Past (Oxford University Press)

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