Leading up to the virtual Pop Con this fall, the Museum of Pop Culture has been hosting a series of teaser events. The second, ‘Stuck In My Head’ took place on Thursday, June 25 featuring programming committee members Summer Kim Lee and Iván Ramos as they bring together a group of new Pop Con presenters to explore the songs that stay stuck in our heads from our youth.
Leading up to the virtual Pop Con this fall, the Museum of Pop Culture has been hosting a series of teaser events. The first, ‘Too Old For This Sh*t’ took place on Thursday, May 28 with a critical karaoke webinar featuring a gathering of Pop Con veterans and 2020 programming committee members, including Raquel Gutierrez, Gerrick Kennedy, Sarah Kessler, Emily Lordi, Chris Molanphy, Ned Raggett, Jodie Rosen, Mairead Sullivan, Karen Tongson, and Carl Wilson, reflecting on what, how, and when we confront the limit case—if ever—of our presence in youth culture and pop scenes.
This series, a collaboration between Journal of Popular Music Studies, IASPM-US, and the Pop Conference, is meant to offer writers and scholars with books that have recently been published, or books in progress, on all kinds of popular music a chance to connect with a deeply interested community of readers. And to give the rest of us a sense that our intellectual world, however dormant, is far from dead. Email Eric Weisbard to be added to the list of attendees sent updates, Zoom links, and other advance material.
Recordings of previous events can be found here.
Calendar of Events
Time for each event is Tuesdays, 5 pm ET, 2 pm PT, unless specified otherwise.
- August 18: Emily J. Lordi, The Meaning of Soul: Black Music and Resilience Since the 1960s, Duke University Press
- August 25: Maria Sherman, Larger Than Life: A History of Boy Bands from NKOTB to BTS, Black Dog & Leventhal
- September 1: Ashley Kahn, editor, George Harrison on George Harrison: Interviews and Encounters, Chicago Review Press
- September 8: Alex Ross, Wagnerism: Art and Politics in the Shadow of Music, Farrar, Straus and Giroux
- September 15, Martha Gonzalez, Chican@ Artivistas: Music, Community and Transborder Tactics in East Los Angeles, University of Texas Press
- September 22, Special Topic: Country Music History with Peter La Chapelle, I’d Fight the World: A Political History of Old-Time, Hillbilly and Country Music, University of Chicago Press, and Stephanie Vander Wel, Hillbilly Maidens, Okies, and Cowgirls: Women’s Country Music, 1930-1960, University of Illinois Press
- September 29, Ann Powers, Approaching Joni Mitchell, book in progress, Dey Street Books
- October 6, Franklin Bruno, The Inside of the Tune: The Bridge in Pop from “St. Louis Blues” to “Single Ladies,” book in progress, Wesleyan University Press
- October 13, Matthew J. Jones, Love Don’t Need a Reason: The Life and Music of Michael Callen, Punctum Books, and Popular Music-Making During the AIDS Crisis, 1981-1996, book in progress, Routledge
- October 20, Lauron Kehrer, Queer Voices in Hip-Hop: Cultures, Communities, and Contemporary Performance, book in progress, University of Michigan Press
- October 27, Maureen Mahon, Black Diamond Queens: African American Women and Rock and Roll, Duke University Press
- November 3, Maya Angela Smith, Reclaiming Venus: The Many Lives of Alvenia Bridges, book in progress
- November 10, 4PM ET, Joshua S. Duchan and Ryan Raul Bañagale, eds., with Don Traut and Kathryn Metz, “We Didn’t Start the Fire”: Billy Joel and Popular Music Studies, Lexington Books
- November 17: Kyra Gaunt, Twerking at the Intersection: Collapsing Music, Monetization, and Violence Against Girls on YouTube, book in progress
- November 24, Joanna Love, Turf Wars: Popular Music and Political Resistance at America’s Super Bowl, book in progress
- December 1, Larisa Mann, Rude Citizenship: Jamaican Popular Music, Copyright and Colonial Power, book in progress, University of North Carolina Press
- December 8, Kimberly Mack, Fictional Blues: Narrative Self-Invention from Bessie Smith to Jack White, University of Massachusetts Press
- December 15, Michaelangelo Matos, Can’t Slow Down: How 1984 Became Pop’s Blockbuster Year, Hachette Books
- Kimberly Mack, University of Toledo, for IASPM-US
- Eric Weisbard, University of Alabama, for Journal of Popular Music Studies
- Carl Wilson, Slate, for the Pop Conference
NPR Music x Pop Conference in collaboration with The Museum of Pop Culture present:
POP TALKS: Holly Herndon
Friday, August 14, 2020
3:00 pm EDT
via Instagram Live @nprmusic
POP TALKS is a new pop-up conversation series on Instagram live. Join NPR Music and Pop Conference for hourlong, thoughtful conversations with today’s most intriguing musicians.
Experimental electronic composer and performer Holly Herndon talks about her provocative work on Friday August 14th, in an interview with Jason King.
About Holly Herndon
Holly Herndon operates at the edges of electronic and avant-garde pop and emerges with a dynamic and disruptive canon of her own. On her most recent full-length album PROTO, Herndon fronts and conducts an electronic pop choir comprised of both human and A.I. voices over a musical palette that encompasses everything from synths to Sacred Harp stylings. The sounds synthesized on PROTO by Herndon, her A.I. “baby” Spawn, and the vocal ensemble combine elements from Herndon’s dynamic and idiosyncratic personal journey: the timeless folk traditions of her childhood experiences in church-going East Tennessee (particularly the prismatic layered practice of Sacred Harp singing), the avant-garde music she explored while at Mills College, and the radical club culture of Berlin, all enhanced by her recent PhD in composition studies at Stanford University, researching machine learning and music.