In Loft Jazz: Improvising New York in the 1970s (UC Press, 2016), Michael Heller explores the complex history of the loft jazz scene. This past March, John Petrucelli conducted an expansive interview with Heller, examining the entangled archival, social, and historical dynamics explored in the book. Loft Jazz weaves a narrative arc that relies upon the shifting socio-economic, cultural, and racial discourses within New York City as well as the spirit of self-determination and experimentalism that drove transformations in the jazz scene. [Read the full post…]
IASPM-US has released CFP for the 2018 conference. It will be held March 8-11, 2018 at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. The theme will be “Going To The Country: Pastoral-National-Musical.” Proposals will be due by Midnight by Sunday, October 1. For the full CFP, visit our conference page here; the call is also available as a flyer for circulation in PDF form.
Welcome to April! This is the first installment of the IASPM-US Website Newsletter, which will come out at the beginning of each month with announcements, updates to the website, and calls for material. [Read the full post…]
In March, Amy Coddington sat down with Jack Hamilton for a spirited and wide-ranging conversation about Jack’s recent book, Just Around Midnight: Rock and Roll and the Racial Imagination (Harvard, 2016). The book explores how rock and roll became coded as a “white” genre during the 1960s, challenging the conventional narrative that the racially inclusive style of rock and roll transformed into serious rock music through the musical breakthroughs of white individual geniuses. [Read the full post…]
Soundtrack of an Epidemic: Songs about HIV/AIDS
Matthew J. Jones (Miami University)
HIV/AIDS is often conceived in scopophilic, or visual terms: as a disease inscribed on the body in the form of symptoms — wasting, weight loss, Kaposi’s sarcoma, rashes, and fevered brows; the stigmata of sinful lifestyles or choices (at least from a certain right-wing perspective); images of retroviruses, the DNA double-helix, and blood cells magnified thousands of times to render them visible to the human eye; the savvy agitprop of direct action advocacy group ACT UP; works of visual art, theater, dance, and performance art; and the various “faces” of AIDS—gay men, injection drug users, African Americans, Latino/as, women, children, people in developing countries. [Read the full post…]
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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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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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.
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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