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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IASPM-US Committee Initiative: A Call for Volunteers and Nominations

June 2, 2016

Dear IASPM-US members, I offer here not only a report from the conference, but also a call to action. I hope you’ll read to the end, because IASPM needs you. At the Board / Executive Committee held this past weekend in Calgary, I presented a Committee Initiative to address what our president, Mark Butler, and […]

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IASPM-US Interview Series: Michael James Roberts, Tell Tchaikovsky the News

May 20, 2016

In Tell Tchaikovsky the news: Rock ‘n’ Roll, the Labor Question, and the Musicians’ Union, 1942–1968 (Duke University Press, 2014), Michael James Roberts investigates the response of the American Federation of Musicians to the rise of rock ‘n’ roll. The AFM never actively organized rock ‘n’ roll musicians, and often even specifically excluded them from membership—even […]

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David Sanjek Graduate Student Paper Prize

May 3, 2016

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 2016 IASPM-US and Canada conference to submit their papers for consideration. Eligibility: Any student who presents, in person, a formal paper at […]

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IASPM-US Interview Series: Allison McCracken, Real Men Don’t Sing

April 17, 2016

Allison McCracken’s Real Men Don’t Sing: Crooning in American Culture (Duke 2015) outlines crooning’s history from its origins in minstrelsy through its development as the microphone sound most associated with white recording artists, band singers, and radio stars. She charts early crooners’ rise and fall between 1925 and 1934, contrasting Rudy Vallée with Bing Crosby to demonstrate how […]

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2016 Mixtape Series: The Singer-Songwriter: Listening Alone/Finding Yourself, by Christa Anne Bentley

April 11, 2016

“I listen to the wind, to the wind of my soul.” —Cat Stevens, “The Wind” (1971) “From time to time you get the feeling that you want to disengage yourself from your life. You want to withdraw into some kind of solitary contemplation—a locked room or a quiet corner of your mind—just to think about […]

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IASPM-US: Call for Assistant Web Editor

April 5, 2016

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 21-month volunteer position that begins May 2016. In the first nine months, primary responsibilities include managing social media networks for IASPM-US (Facebook, Twitter, Mixcloud), writing the monthly IASPM-US website email digest, and assisting […]

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Mixtape Series 2016: Dans les années de plomb: French sounds in the 1970s, by Jonathyne Briggs

April 1, 2016

Despite the failure of the student protests and worker strikes to create a political revolution in 1968, many young people in France still believed in the revolutionary potential and the coming change. Many musicians began the decade reflecting on the failures of the movement of May 1968 while others were trying to advocate for change […]

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Mixtape Series 2016: “PUNK ROCK NEW YORK,” by Jarek Paul Ervin

March 10, 2016

1970s punk is curiously iconic. From the Ramones T-shirts that adorn racks in suburban shopping malls to the CBGB-themed restaurant that recently opened in Newark Airport, we are surrounded by images of punk. Most of such representations focus on screeching vocals and buzzsaw guitars, leather jackets, heroin, and the grit and grime of downtown NYC. […]

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IASPM-US Interview Series: Robin James, Resilience & Melancholy

March 5, 2016

In Resilience & Melancholy: pop music, feminism, neoliberalism (Zer0 2015), Robin James listens to popular music to hear how it sounds resilience–a performance of feminine overcoming that ultimately feeds and strengthens white supremacist patriarchy–then locates popular music that is melancholic–a failed overcoming that routes power and wealth away from white supremacist patriarchy. She builds her […]

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IASPM-US Election Results

February 19, 2016

Thank you to everyone who participated in this year’s election. The membership has elected the following individuals to the Board of Directors and Executive Committee: Secretary Esther Morgan-Ellis Treasurer S. Alexander Reed Open Seats Robin James Daniel Goldmark

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