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Saturday, April 16 • 12:50pm - 2:00pm
Silenced But Eternal Voices: A PopCon “In Memoriam”

Popular music loses towering figures every year. But just a few months in, 2016 feels like a deluge of grieving: From Maurice White to Paul Kantner, Natalie Cole to Lemmy Kilmister, David Bowie to Glenn Frey, this has already been a staggering year of loss. Here, the Pop Conference will pay tribute to the deceased in a concentrated fashion—and in our idiom, with critical and evocative words, images and sounds on the big Sky Church screen, and a spirit of celebration. Join us for a series of short papers and video clips considering the aforementioned music deities and a few more besides. Participants will share personal reflections and wrestle with these artists’ legacies and unique musical voices.

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Christine Bacareza Balance

Christine Bacareza Balance is Associate Professor of Asian American Studies at UC Irvine. Her writings on former Philippine First Lady Imelda Marcos, Asian American YouTube artists, Bruno Mars, Glee’s karaoke aesthetics, and spree killer Andrew Cunanan have been published in Women and Performance: a feminist journal, Journal of Asian American Studies (JAAS), and Theatre Journal. Balance is one-eighth of the New York-based indie rock band... Read More →
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Chris Molanphy

Chris Molanphy is a pop-chart analyst and critic who writes about the intersection of culture and commerce in popular music. His work has appeared in Slate, Pitchfork, NPR Music's The Record, Billboard, Rolling Stone, and CMJ. Chris is also a frequent guest on National Public Radio (Soundcheck, All Things Considered, Planet Money, On the Media) and on Slate’s podcasts The Gist and the Culture Gabfest. He created the chart-analysis column... Read More →

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Regina N. Bradley

Regina N. Bradley is an assistant professor of African American literature at Armstrong State University in Savannah, GA. She is also a spring 2016 Nasir Jones Hip-Hop Fellow at Harvard University. Dr. Bradley is working on her first book, Chronicling Stankonia: Recognizing America’s Hip Hop South, a study of how hip-hop updates conversations about race and agency in the post-Civil Rights South. She can be reached at... Read More →

Daphne A. Brooks

Daphne A. Brooks is the author of two books: Bodies in Dissent: Spectacular Performances of Race and Freedom, 1850-1910 (Durham, NC: Duke UP, 2006) and Jeff Buckley’s Grace (New York: Continuum, 2005). She is currently working on a new book entitled Subterranean Blues: Black Women Sound Modernity (Harvard University Press, forthcoming). Brooks has authored numerous articles on race, gender, performance, and... Read More →
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Alison Fensterstock

Alison Fensterstock is a former music writer for the New Orleans’ Times-Picayune and program director for the Ponderosa Stomp Foundation. In 2011, she co-curated the companion symposium to Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts’ “She’s Got the Power” girl-group showcase, which featured interviews with the Exciters, the Angels, and Lesley Gore. “I’d Much Rather Be with The Girls: Girl-Group Pop and the... Read More →

Jack Halberstam

Jack Halberstam loves falsettos in men, women, and everyone else. Kate Bush is just the latest in a long line of falsetto-voiced singers (Sylvester, Prince, Maxwell, Antony Hegarty, Justin Timberlake, Thom Yorke) that Jack has obsessed over in the past few decades. What this means, Freud only knows, but Jack is delighted to be able to legitimately indulge his continued love for the falsetto at EMP this year given the theme of “the... Read More →

Brian Kehew

Brian Kehew maintains a varied diet of musical activities.  He is best-known as co-author of the book Recording The Beatles, a technical look at the legendary group's work. He is also a producer and engineer, working mainly with Warner Bros. on their reissue projects. He also writes on music history subjects, designs and consults on musical instruments, and does tech work for The Who and others.
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Danielle Maggio

Danielle Maggio is a second year PhD student in ethnomusicology and a Teaching Fellow at The University of Pittsburgh. Her research examines soul music as a lived cultural practice, an artistic genre, a marketable commodity, and an important historical site for the articulation of gender, race, and class in American popular culture. She has taught for the MGR Foundation; Pittsburgh Montessori Schools; Westminster Choir College; and Recreational... Read More →

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 →

David Ritz

David Ritz’s most recent book is Willie Nelson’s memoir, It’s a Long Story. In June, 2016, Little Brown will publish his collaboration with Tavis Smiley, Before You Judge Me, a study of the last sixteen weeks in the life of Michael Jackson. Ritz has collaborated on memoirs with everyone from Ray Charles and Don Rickles to Etta James and Cornel West. He’s presently working on books with Jessi Colter and Lenny Kravitz... Read More →
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Barry Shank

Barry Shank is professor and chair of the Department of Comparative Studies at Ohio State University. He is the author of Dissonant Identities: The Rock ‘n’ Scene in Austin, Texas, The Political Force of Musical Beauty and other encounters with the structured feelings of life in America. He has served as President of the US branch of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music. “The Voice in... Read More →

Steve Waksman

Steve Waksman is Professor of Music and American Studies at Smith College. His publications include the books Instruments of Desire: The Electric Guitar and the Shaping of Musical Experience (Harvard University Press, 1999), and This Ain’t the Summer of Love: Conflict and Crossover in Heavy Metal and Punk (University of California Press, 2009). With Reebee Garofalo, he is the co-author of the rock history textbook, Rockin’ Out... Read More →

Saturday April 16, 2016 12:50pm - 2:00pm
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