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Saturday, March 24 • 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Roundtable: “For Promotional Use Only”: Mixtapes and the Making and Unmaking of Musical Consensus

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The 2007 arrest of DJ Drama for copyright infringement signaled to that the era of rap mixtapes as both in the street and online had unalterably changed. We propose to examine what has been lost—or gained—from the disappearance of physical mixtape culture, both from its attendant spaces in the city and from the popular conversation. Where does
“authority” now lie in “making” and “breaking” such artists and how has this changed how they themselves make music and how it’s consumed?

With: Zach Baron, Tom Breihan, Ryan Dombal, Sean Fennessey,
Nick Sylvester, and Jamin Warren

Moderator: Sean Fennessey


Speakers
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Zach Baron

Zach Baron is an arts critic for the Daily and the former web editor of The Village Voice. He's written about music for Slate, Pitchfork, SPIN, and elsewhere.   Abstract: | | ""For Promotional Use Only" Mixtapes and the Making and Unmaking of Musical Consensus" The 2007 arrest of DJ Drama and affiliate Don Cannon for copyright infringement was, for the hip hop world, a watershed moment. The seizure of 81,000 discs, recording gear, and... Read More →
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Tom Breihan

Tom Breihan is Stereogum's Senior Writer. He was once an associate editor at The Village Voice, where he spent three years writing the “Status Ain't Hood” blog and inciting its toxic comments section. He also put in a few years as a staff writer at Pitchfork. He represents Baltimore. Abstract: | | ""For Promotional Use Only" Mixtapes and the Making and Unmaking of Musical Consensus" The 2007 arrest of DJ Drama and affiliate Don... Read More →
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Sean Fennessey

Sean Fennessey is the editor of GQ.com and has written about music for The Village Voice, SPIN, Rolling Stone, Pitchfork, The Washington Post, and others. Abstract: | | ""For Promotional Use Only" Mixtapes and the Making and Unmaking of Musical Consensus" The 2007 arrest of DJ Drama and affiliate Don Cannon for copyright infringement was, for the hip hop world, a watershed moment. The seizure of 81,000 discs, recording gear, and various... Read More →
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Nick Sylvester

Nick Sylvester is the co-editor of Perineum and drummer for the rock band Mr. Dream. A former writer for The Colbert Report, he has written about music for The Wire, Pitchfork, The Village Voice, The Fader, and n+1.   Abstract: | | ""For Promotional Use Only" Mixtapes and the Making and Unmaking of Musical Consensus" The 2007 arrest of DJ Drama and affiliate Don Cannon for copyright infringement was, for the hip hop world, a watershed... Read More →
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Jamin Warren

Jamin Warren is a speaker, writer, and founder of Kill Screen, a videogame arts and culture company. A former reporter for the Wall Street Journal and critic for Pitchfork, he has been featured for his views on arts and technology on NPR, the New Yorker, Fast Company, and Slate.   Abstract: | | ""For Promotional Use Only" Mixtapes and the Making and Unmaking of Musical Consensus" The 2007 arrest of DJ Drama and affiliate Don Cannon for... Read More →


Saturday March 24, 2012 4:00pm - 6:00pm
NYU’s Helen and Martin Kimmel Center for University Life (KC) 60 Washington Square South, New York, NY 10012