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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IASPM-US 2016 Officer Election Ballot

February 5, 2016

The ballot for this year’s IASPM-US election has gone out to all members. The deadline for voting is Wednesday, February 17th. If you are a member of the organization and expected to receive a ballot but did not, please contact Rebekah Farrugia at farrugia@oakland.edu.

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IASPM-US Website CFP: 2016 Mixtape Series

February 1, 2016

Text + image by schoolboy-ra, http://schoolboy-ra.tumblr.com   “My mixtape bring / All the boys to the yard” -Nicki Minaj, “Playtime Is Over” The IASPM-US website seeks digital mixes for the third run of our annual mixtape series. Mixtapes (aka mixes, podcasts, or playlists) are phonographic anthologies capable of telling stories and expressing identity through ideas and emotions, […]

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IASPM-US Interview Series: Travis L. Gosa and Erik Nielson, eds., The Hip Hop and Obama Reader

January 14, 2016

In The Hip Hop and Obama Reader (Oxford UP, 2015), editors Travis L. Gosa and Erik Nielson examine the complicated and often tumultuous relationship between the Obama administration and hip hop culture. The collection brings together writings from some of the most notable scholars in the area of hip hop culture, and is the first hip […]

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Research Fellowship Opportunity with the Southern Folklife Collection

December 18, 2015

The Southern Folklife Collection is pleased to announce the Southern Folklife Research Fellowship Program. Created through support from The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation, the program seeks to broadly support humanities scholarship, disseminate content, encourage research, and increase exposure of the Southern Folklife Collection. The program will provide travel funds of up to $1,500 per fellow, […]

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Call for Applications: Popular Music Study Group of the American Musicological Society

December 8, 2015

Popular Music Study Group of the American Musicological Society Case Western Reserve University 2016 Junior Faculty Symposium Location: Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH June 14 – 16, 2016 Application Deadline: January 31, 2016 In response to many members’ call for more substantial career development programs, the Popular Music Study Group of the American Musicological […]

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