February 21st, 2012
The EMP Pop Music Conference started in 2002 in Seattle. This year, it is being sponsored by the Clive David Institute of Recorded Music (my alma mater) and will be held in New York at NYU’s Kimmel Center from March 22nd to the 25th.
According to the website:
Topics range from Korean, Egyptian, and Latin American pop to panels on Berlin, Detroit, New Orleans, and Los Angeles, with another half-dozen sessions on New York City music from ragtime to hip-hop to “Warhol’s New York.” Presenters will pay particular attention to what urban environments have meant for race, gender, and sexuality. Jazz, rock, indie, country, metal, electronic dance music, roots, disco, and Broadway music are but some of the sounds that will be the subject of entire panels. And there are surprises galore, from a look at James Brown’s Augusta by his new biographer RJ Smith to senior citizen choirs and ‘tween pop. Six or seven simultaneous panels, from 9am to 6pm Friday through Sunday, following a Thursday night keynote, guarantee one of the largest and most diverse gatherings of popular music intellectuals ever assembled. The conference also marks the publication of the latest anthology of Pop Conference writing, Pop When the World Falls Apart: Music in the Shadow of Doubt (Duke University Press).
The conference is *FREE* but registration is recommended as a big turnout is expected.