pop conference announced, registration open

Speaking of a certain weekend in April, the EMP just released their schedule for the eighth annual Pop Music Conference. I’m deeply disappointed that I’ll be out of town and missing the event. With a Prince-borrowed theme “Dance Music Sex Romance: Pop and the Body Politic”, it sounds like the always-interesting conflagration of academics, music critics, and hangers-on will be even more stimulating.

The conference starts on Friday 16 April and runs through Sunday afternoon. There are talks about viral media in the Obama campaign, a roundtable discussion on groupies, a keynote conversation with Nona Hendryx, a sneak preview of Copyright Criminals, Sean Nelson talking about “Sean Nelson, “Let’s (Not) Get it On– Or, `Fucking to Songs About Fucking and Other Uncomfortable Developments in the Awkward Relationship Between What We’re Going to Have to Just Agree to Call Indie Rock and Sexuality in the 1990s”, Robert Christgau on “The Old Folks Wish Them Well: Romantic Marriage in Rock and Roll”, and even more eclectic stuff like “The Jocker and the Hoosier Boy: The Politics of Bowdlerization in ‘The Big Rock Candy Mountain'”, “Partnered Dance vs. Solo Self-Expression in the Rock & Roll Era”, and an entire session on “Punk and Female Flesh”.

Registration is free and for in-town fans of thinking and music it’s crazy not to drop in for at least part of the dazzling show. Peruse the rest of the panels and get yourself on the list at empsfm.org/popconference .

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