IASPM-US Web Digest: March Edition

by Jarek Ervin on March 1, 2017

In the past, the web editors for IASPM-US have sent a monthly Web Digest to our listserv subscribers (please subscribe here). Next month, I’ll be phasing that out and replacing it with a newsletter format that will make it easier to circulate information and promote consistency across platforms. Until then, here is the March Web Digest, formatted for the IASPM-US website:

Welcome to March! Spring is in certainly in the air. That’s especially true here in Philadelphia, where it is is currently so hot and humid it feels like it’s August. Anyway, It is with sorrow that I write what will be my last Website Update. Starting next month, the IASPM-US editorial team will be debuting a new, website-based newsletter format. It will feature a mixture of reminders about new web content as well as calls for content, organization updates, and other news. This month, I have a mixture of updates related to the website:

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Allison McCracken, 2016 Woody Guthrie Award Winner

by Jarek Ervin on March 1, 2017

The International Association for the Study of Popular Music-US Branch (IASPM-US) presents the Woody Guthrie Award each year to the most outstanding book on popular music. Winners are awarded $1,000 and are announced each year at the IASPM-US Annual Conference. The 2016 Woody Guthrie Award goes to Allison McCracken for her book Real Men Don′t Sing: Crooning in American Culture.
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Call for Web Content

by Jarek Ervin on February 28, 2017

IASPM-US is issuing an open call for web content. We are eager to have new and interesting material for our website. The organization depends on its membership and the greater music studies community for energy, so please consider contributing to our features!

We currently have three ongoing features:

  • IASPM-US Interview Series: Our Interview series features conversations with authors of recently published books on popular music topics. We are always searching for new books and for interviewers to contribute content. Publishers, authors, or potential interviewers should consult our series here.
  • Mixtape Series: Mixtapes are phonographic anthologies capable of telling stories through ideas and emotions, coded in the selection and sequence of featured musical selections. The IASPM-US website seeks 30-45 minute-long mixes for our mixtape series. See our series page here.
  • First Time I’ve Ever Heard: We’ve all experienced it—that moment when you hear a band or musician for the very first time and everything changes. Sometimes for the better and sometimes for the worse, but nothing is quite the same after. We’re asking to hear about the first time you heard something that knocked your musical universe off its axis, even if only for a moment. Check out the series here.

Note that the third series listed is not exactly new, but has not had new content in a number of years. We are resurrecting it and are looking to hear interesting ideas of all sorts. Please contact our editors, Jarek Paul Ervin and Pippin Bongiovanni, with pitches or questions about content.

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Terminated for Reasons of Taste (2016) is Chuck Eddy’s second book of music criticism published by Duke University Press. The collection features articles written over a period of forty years and covering music from the Great Depression to the late aughts. Despite the broad scope, there are enduring thematic ‘threads’ throughout the book. This is an impressive collection that covers a wide range of genres, and Chuck covers not only so-called ‘essential’ music, but bargain bin finds and songs that rarely appear on the radars of even the most devoted fans. This book is an excellent example of music journalism and is especially helpful as a cue for how to write compellingly about music.

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Photo Credit: Samik Greene

 

In Punk and Revolution Shane Greene radically uproots punk from its iconic place in First World urban culture, Anglo popular music, and the Euro-American avant-garde, situating it instead as a crucial element in Peru’s culture of subversive militancy and political violence.
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David Sanjek Update

by Jarek Ervin on February 17, 2017

Deadline extended for submissions for the David Sanjek Graduate Student Paper Prize. Please send your submissions to 2017sanjekprize@gmail.com by 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, February 19th. Further details can be found in the original call for papers below.

The committee for the David Sanjek Graduate Student Paper Prize of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music – US Branch (IASPM-US) invites graduate students who will be presenting at the 2017 IASPM-US conference to submit their papers for consideration.
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David Sanjek Graduate Student Paper Prize

by Jarek Ervin on January 26, 2017

The committee for the David Sanjek Graduate Student Paper Prize of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music – US Branch (IASPM-US) invites graduate students who will be presenting at the 2017 IASPM-US conference to submit their papers for consideration.

Eligibility: Any student who presents, in person, a formal paper at the 2017 meeting is eligible for the prize. A student shall be defined as a person pursuing an active course of studies in a degree program. This includes persons who are engaged in writing the doctoral dissertation but not those who are teaching full-time while doing so. Student applicants must be members of IASPM-US.
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Call for Assistant Web Editor

by Jarek Ervin on January 24, 2017

The executive committee of IASPM-US is currently seeking applicants to fill the position of Assistant Web Editor.

The Assistant Web Editor commits to a 24-month volunteer position that begins March 2017. In the first year, primary responsibilities include managing social media networks for IASPM-US (Facebook, Twitter, Mixcloud), writing the monthly IASPM-US website email digest, and assisting the Executive Web Editor, Jarek Ervin, in generating content for the website. After the 2018 meeting of IASPM-US, the Assistant Web Editor will take on the position of Executive Web Editor, becoming the primary point person for website-related tasks, including: maintaining and generating content for the website; working with the executive committee and program committee to keep the organization updated about elections, annual conference details, and other IASPM-US-related business; addressing the executive committee and broader membership with an annual report at the IASPM-US conference; and training the incoming Assistant Web Editor. We are especially interested in applicants with knowledge of any of the following: social media networking, blogging, online and traditional music publishing, and WordPress or other web platforms. There is a modest stipend for the Executive Web Editor.

To apply for the position, please send a 300-500 word personal statement to iaspmus@gmail.com, including a brief biography, list of accomplishments, and what skills and ideas you would contribute to the position. Applications must be received by February 10, 2017.

Please direct any questions to the current Executive & Assistant Web Editors, Greg Weinstein and Jarek Ervin, at iaspmus@gmail.com.

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IASPM-US Officer Elections

by Greg Weinstein on November 14, 2016

Dear IASPM-US members past and present,

We are due to hold elections for President, Vice President, and three Executive Committee open seats. But we face a challenge: the need to reassemble a true membership list. So please, if you are now an IASPM member, or have been over the past five years, please take a minute ASAP to fill out this survey (click the embedded link, or copy and paste into your browser: https://ung.co1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_0x18hAbMWcfVoNv), even if you think we have your contact information. (Note: the survey is hosted at the University of North Georgia because that is the home institution of IASPM-US’s Secretary, Esther Morgan-Ellis.) You have until November 28 to complete the survey and make sure that your name is on the list of people who will receive the ballot. Ballots will be sent on December 1.
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In The James Bond Songs, Charles Kronengold and Adrian Daub —a musicologist and a literary scholar respectively, and Stanford University professors— talk to Nayive Ananías about their research on fifty years of James Bond movie theme songs, reflect on the essence of pop songs, and delve into the evolution of capitalism. [Read the full post…]

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IASPM-US: Call for Officers

October 13, 2016

The US branch of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music is seeking applications for the following positions: ·           President ·           Vice President ·           Open Seat, Executive Board ·           Open Seat, Executive Board ·           Open Seat, Executive Board The committee is accepting self-nominations as well as recommendations of fitting nominees […]

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IASPM-US Interview Series: Call for Interviewers

October 1, 2016

IASPM-US is looking for people to contribute to our Interview Series. The Interview Series has been a mainstay of the IASPM-US website, and there are some new additions to the list of books you can select from. It’s a terrific way to keep up with some of the most recent popular music scholarship, and also […]

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CFP: IASPM-US 2017 “Gimme Shelter”: Popular Music and Protection

September 7, 2016

CFP – IASPM-US 2017 Gimme Shelter: Popular Music and Protection February 23–26 Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio “Gimme Shelter” by the Rolling Stones demands that we address musical protections, from the aesthetics of shelter to the realities of social upheavals and the equity of intellectual property rights. The song begins as light rain on […]

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Call for Nominations: Woody Guthrie Award

August 9, 2016

The International Association for the Study of Popular Music-US Branch (IASPM-US) presents the Woody Guthrie Award each year to the most outstanding book on popular music. Winners are awarded $1,000 and are announced each year at the IASPM-US Annual Conference. IASPM-US requests your nominations for the most distinguished English language monograph in popular music studies published during 2015. Books may […]

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Eric Weisbard, 2015 Woody Guthrie Award Winner

June 30, 2016

The 2015 Woody Guthrie Award goes to Eric Weisbard for Top 40 Democracy: The Rival Mainstreams of American Music (University of Chicago Press). Top 40 Democracy is the first comprehensive history of commercial radio formats, and a retelling of American popular music history through formats. Weisbard’s wide-ranging book explains how AOR, Country, Rhythm & Blues, […]

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