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:

1. New Assistant Web Editor: Pippin Bongiovanni

The first major news is that we’ve had turnover on our editorial team. Starting on Saturday, I (Jarek Ervin) became Executive Web Editor for IASPM-US. We’ve also brought on a new Assistant Web Editor, Pippin Bongiovanni. Pippin brings a great deal of experience and creativity to IASPM-US, so we are quite lucky to have her (check out her video and scholarly work below!). Please, as always, feel free to reach out to us with content or questions via email. Pippin wrote a short note to the IASPM-US membership:

Hi everyone, I’m Pippin Bongiovanni and I’m very happy to have joined the IASPM-US team as assistant web editor! I am a PhD candidate in the Music program at the University of Edinburgh and hold an MMus in Musicology from the University of Edinburgh and a BA in Popular Music History from Hampshire College. My doctoral work explores the use of audio in survival horror video games, with an emphasis on virtual reality integration. I have research interest in the broader field of ludomusicology, the role of nostalgia in game audio, and the alter egos of popular musicians. I am also in the process of establishing a monthly series of ludomusicology oriented video-essays on my website, untoldsound.com. Please feel free to get in touch with me at any point via twitter (@pipbongiovanni), or email (pippin.bongiovanni@gmail.com) with any questions or thoughts you may have.

2. Conference report

The other major news is that IASPM-US held its annual conference this past weekend in Cleveland, Ohio. I thought the conference was a huge success. It featured excellent keynotes by Eric Weisbard and Nadine Hubbs, as well as a number of very strong panels, papers, and other events (see the conference site for more details). Lots of people worked tirelessly to make sure the conference went off well. Case Western Reserve University and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in particular deserve acknowledgement for their generous support of the conference!

A number of announcements were made during the conference Business Meeting. One of the most important concerns next year’s conference. The theme committee announced that the conference will be held in Nashville, Tennessee from March 8-11. It will be hosted by Vanderbuilt University, and the theme for the conference will be “Going to the Country.” I’ve made a (very barebones) website for the conference; stay tuned to it for a CFP (expected on April 15), local arrangements, and eventually, a full program.

3. IASPM Awards

At the conference, IASPM-US also announced the recipients of two awards:

The David Sanjek Graduate Student Paper Prize was awarded to Peter Graff (Case Western) for his paper “Seven-Eleven at The Globe: Articulating Black Identity in 1920s Cleveland.” Each year, IASPM-US gives an award for the best paper delivered by a graduate student at our conference, and the committee unanimously agreed that Peter’s should receive the prize. Congratulations!

The 2016 Woody Guthrie Prize was awarded to Allison McCracken for her book Real Men Don′t Sing: Crooning in American Culture. Each year, IASPM-US presents the Woody Guthrie Award to the most outstanding book on popular music. Winners are awarded $1,000 and are announced each year at the IASPM-US Annual Conference. Congratulations! See our full website announcement here.

4. New Web Content

The last bit of news concerns web content. In the last week, we posted two new interviews to our site.

The first is an interview conducted by David Pearson with Shane Greene about his book Punk and Revolution. They talked about a range of things, from punk in Latin America to revolutionary politics and building alternatives to the current tone of scholarly discourse.

The second is an interview conducted by Rachel Skaggs with Chuck Eddy about his book Terminated for Reasons of Taste. Rachel asked Chuck about his career in music journalism, changes in the music industry, and the relationship between politics and leisure.

Yesterday, I also issued a new open call for web content. After a very slow year on the website, we would like to increase the stream of content coming out on the site. We currently have three features ongoing, and are looking for material for all of them. I am especially interested in proposals for our Mixtape and First Time I Ever Heard series. Please get in touch with us if you would like to pitch an idea!

That’s all for now. See you next month!

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