IASPM-US Website Newsletter (April 2017)

by Jarek Ervin on April 6, 2017

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. There have been a few changes on the website recently. Please also stay tuned to our website in the next few weeks. We’ve got lots of new material coming out soon, including mixtapes, interviews, and the CFP for our 2018 conference. Until then, we have a number of new posts and calls to promote:

1. Interview Series: Jack Hamilton’s Just Around Midnight

Just yesterday, we published the latest entry our interview series, a feature on Jack Hamilton’s Just Around Midnight: Rock and Roll and the Racial Imagination (Harvard, 2016). In the article, Amy Coddington asks Hamilton about his recent book, which examines the complicated racial dynamics of rock and roll during its storied heyday in the 1960s. During their conversation, Coddington and Hamilton discuss everything from the ways early critics attempted to code rock music as a “white” genre to the rise of hip hop and the recent Grammy Awards. Read the whole interview here.

2. Mixtape Series: Matthew J. Jones’ Soundtrack of an Epidemic

We are also very pleased to announce that IASPM-US has recently published its latest mixtape, an entry by Matthew J. Jones titled “Soundtrack of an Epidemic: Songs about HIV/AIDS.” Featuring an eclectic collection of examples from rock and hip hop to cabaret and country music, the tape presents a variety of responses to this modern pandemic. At times humorous, at times staggeringly sad, it traverses the range of emotions that form the soundscape of HIV/AIDS. Listen to the mixtape on our website.

3. Call for Contributions

In February, we released a Call for Web Content. We are still looking for proposals related to our main web features: the IASPM-US Interview Series, the IASPM-US Mixtape Series, and First Time I Ever Heard. Our interview schedule is filling up quickly (though we are always glad to consider pitches or add books to our list). We are especially eager to read pitches related to the Mixtape Series and First Time I Ever Heard. If you are interested in contributing material for IASPM-US, have a look at our Call, linked above.

4. Call for Reviewers

Also, don’t forget: the Journal of Popular Music Studies is still interested in receiving material from potential reviewers. If you are interested in reviewing for the journal, we would like some biographical details and a copy of your current CV. For more on what and how to submit, please see our Call for Reviewers.

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

-Jarek & Pippin

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