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Saturday, April 16 • 3:45pm - 5:15pm
Singing Across the Color Line
Holly George-Warren, “Blues Singer or Appropriator?”
Keith Harris, “Accidental Post-Racism in a Southern Voice: What Country Music Did and Didn't Say as the Age of Obama Began”
Charlie McGovern, “Singing Across the Color Line: Passing, Crossing, and Voice in American Pop 1945-1955”

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Tyina Steptoe

Tyina Steptoe is an assistant professor in the Department of History at the University of Arizona. Her research examines race, gender, and culture in the 20th century U.S. She is the author of Houston Bound: Culture and Color in a Jim Crow City, which was published by the University of California Press in 2015. “Mexi-Cajun Blues: Accordions and Multilingual Voices in the Western South” | Mingo Saldivar sits comfortably in his tour... Read More →


Holly George-Warren

Holly George-Warren is the award-winning author of more than a dozen books, including biographies of Gene Autry and Alex Chilton. She is the co-editor of American Roots Music and Martin Scorsese Presents the Blues: An American Journey, among numerous collaborative volumes. Currently at work on a biography of Janis Joplin, she teaches at the State University of New York at New Paltz. She has presented at every EMP Pop Conference but... Read More →
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Keith Harris

Keith Harris is a music critic and immigration attorney who lives in Minneapolis. These days he mostly writes for Rolling Stone and City Pages. He also tweets as @useful_noise and blogs at usefulnoise.wordpress.com. “Accidental Post-Racism in a Southern Voice: What Country Music Did and Didn't Say as the Age of Obama Began” | In 2008, Barack Obama was elected president and Darius Rucker became the first African American singer to top... Read More →

Charlie McGovern

Charlie McGovern directs the American Studies Program at William and Mary in Williamsburg, VA. He wrote Sold American Consumption and Citizenship in American Life, 1890-1945 (North Carolina), and he co-founded the Duke University Press series Refiguring American Music. He’s at work on a book titled, Body and Soul: Race, Civics and Belonging in Popular Music, 1930-1970, as well as a project on Nat Cole. “Singing Across the Color Line... Read More →

Saturday April 16, 2016 3:45pm - 5:15pm
Demo Lab EMP Museum, 325 5th Avenue N, Seattle, WA 98109

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