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Saturday, April 16 • 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Good Bad Singing and Bad Good Singing
Greil Marcus, “The Democracy of the Deep Soul Voice and the Republicanism of Its Melismatic Reversal”
Evie Nagy, “Too Real: Pop’s Complicated Relationship with Bad Singing”
Sean Nelson, “No Expression Whatever: Is Bad Singing a Moral Issue?”

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Kembrew McLeod

Kembrew McLeod is Professor of Communication Studies at the University of Iowa. He has published and produced several books and documentaries about music and popular culture, and his writing has appeared in The New York Times, Slate, and Rolling Stone. Kembrew’s book Freedom of Expression® received an American Library Association book award, his most recent documentary Copyright Criminals aired on PBS, and his new book on... Read More →

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Greil Marcus

Greil Marcus is the author most recently of Three Songs, Three Singers, Three Nations, Real Life Rock: The Complete Top Ten Columns, 1986-2014, and The History of  rock ‘n’ Roll in Ten Songs. A sixth revised edition of his first book, Mystery Train, was published in 2015. This spring he is co-teaching a course on 1948 as a transformational year in the American imagination at Berkeley. “The Democracy of the Deep Soul... Read More →
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Evie Nagy

Evie Nagy is the author of the 33 1/3 book on Devo’s Freedom of Choice, and a former staff writer and editor at Fast Company, Rolling Stone, and Billboard. Her work was published in Best Music Writing 2010 and she co-wrote the afterword to Out of the Vinyl Deeps, an anthology of rock writing by the late Ellen Willis, the New Yorker's first pop music critic. She’s on the editorial team at Slack and lives in Oakland, CA. “Too... Read More →
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Sean Nelson

Sean Nelson is a Seattle writer, musician, and actor. He has recorded and performed with Harvey Danger, Robyn Hitchcock, Death Cab for Cutie, The Decemberists, Nada Surf, The Long Winters, and as a solo artist. He wrote the 33 1/3 book Joni Mitchell Court & Spark and has been published in the Talkhouse, Entertainment Weekly, Best Music Writing, and, fingers crossed, the next Pitchfork Review. He is the Arts and Music Editor of The... Read More →


Saturday April 16, 2016 5:30pm - 7:00pm
JBL Theater

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