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Winter - Spring 2024

All events are scheduled for Mondays at 5pm ET.

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Co-organizers: Kimberly Mack, Antonia Randolph, Francesca Royster, Gustavus Stadler, Eric Weisbard and Carl Wilson for
Journal of Popular Music Studies, IASPM-US, and the Pop Conference progress


1/8: Lynnée Denise with Imani Wilson, Why Willie Mae Thornton Matters (U of Texas Press)

1/16 Off

1/22: Nate Patrin with Michaelangelo Matos, The Needle and the Lens (University of Minnesota Press)

1/29: Off


2/5 Corey J. Miles, Vibe: The Sound and Feeling of Black Life in the American South (University Press of Mississippi) and Kemi Adeyemi, Feels Right: Black Queer Women and the Politics of Partying in Chicago (Duke University Press) 

2/12: 33 ⅓ Day:  Ben Apatoff, Body Count; Ma’Chell Duma, Cardi B’ ‘Invasion of Privacy’ (Bloomsbury 33 ⅓) 

2/19: Chris Terry, Black Punk Now (Soft Skull) in conversation with James Spooner and Ed Marshall

2/26Matthew Morrison, Blacksound: Making Race and Popular Music in the United

States (University of California Press) in conversation with Francesca Royster


3/4: Luis Manuel Garcia-Mispireta for Together, Somehow: Music, Affect, and Intimacy on the Dancefloor (Duke University Press)

3/11: Off

3/18: Marc Masters, High Bias: The Distorted History of the Cassette Tape (University of North Carolina Press); Jerry Kranitz, Cassette Culture: Homemade Music and the Creative Spirit in the Pre-Internet Age (Vinyl-on-Demand); Rob Drew, Unspooled: How the Cassette Made Music Shareable (Duke University Press).

3/25: Darren Mueller, At the Vanguard of Vinyl: A Cultural History of the Long-Playing Record in Jazz (Duke University Press)


4/1: New Dimensions in Bluegrass Scholarship, ed. Lee Bidgood and Greg Reish, in progress-

4/8: Off

4/15: Elijah Wald, "Jelly Roll Blues: Censored Songs and Hidden Histories,” in progress.

4/22: Off

4/29: Off


5/6: Editors Christa Anne Bentley, Kate Galloway, and Paula Clare Harper, Taylor Swift: The Songs, The Stars, The Fans, in progress

5/13: John Shaw, “As We Cats Say”: Louis Armstrong, “St. Louis Blues,” and African American Modernism: Solidarity, Resistance, Pluralism, Signifying, in progress; in conversation with Francesca Royster - 

5/20: Robert Dayton, Cold Glitter: The Untold Story of Canadian Glam by Robert Dayton (Feral House). In conversation with Carl Wilson.

5/27: Off (Memorial Day, US)


6/3: Ann Powers, Travelling: On the Path of Joni Mitchell (Dey Street Books)



Kimberly Mack, krmack@illinois.eduUniversity of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Antonia Randolph,, University of North Carolina

Francesca Royster,, DePaul University

Gus Stadler,, Haverford College

Eric Weisbard,, University of Alabama

Carl Wilson,, Slate, Bookforum, and other venues

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