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Friday, March 23 • 4:00pm - 6:00pm

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Michaelangelo Matos, “A Trip to MARS-FM: The Story of L.A.’s Rave Radio Station, 1991-92”

Al Shipley, “Tough Breaks: The Story of Baltimore Club Music”

Benjamin Court, “Feeling the Political in ‘Can You Feel It?’”

Joshua Clark Davis, “G.I. Rap and Euro-Dance: How American Soldiers and Germans Created a Hybrid Hip Hop Culture in Cold-War Frankfurt”

Moderator: Holly George-Warren


Benjamin Court

Benjamin Court is a current graduate student in musicology at UCLA. His primary musical interests lie in the 20th century, especially popular music since the 1960s. Benjamin is also working toward his certification in Experimental Critical Theory at UCLA focusing on utopian theories and the philosophy of Alain Badiou.   Abstract: | | "Feeling the Political in 'Can You Feel It?'" Sociological readings of electronic dance music often... Read More →

Joshua Clark Davis

Joshua Clark Davis is a Fellow at the German Historical Institute researching how hip hop came to Europe in the 1980s. His recent article, "For the Records: How African American Consumers and Music Retailers Created Commercial Public Space in the 1960s and 1970s South," appears in the winter 2011 issue of Southern Cultures.   Abstract: | | "G.I. Rap and Euro-Dance: How American Soldiers and Germans Created a Hybrid Hip Hop Culture... Read More →

Holly George-Warren

Holly George-Warren is the author of a dozen books, including The Road to Woodstock (with Michael Lang) and the award-winning Public Cowboy No. 1: The Life & Times of Gene Autry. She has written for Rolling Stone, the Village Voice, and the New York Times, and she coproduced the Grammy-nominated box set RESPECT. She teaches at NYU’s Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music and at SUNY-New Paltz and is at work on a biography of Alex... Read More →

Michaelangelo Matos

Michaelangelo Matos writes for NPR, Spin, Rolling Stone, Village Voice, The Guardian, The Daily, and eMusic. He is working on a history of American rave in the ’90s. He lives in Brooklyn.   Abstract: | | "A Trip to MARS-FM: The Story of L.A.'s Rave Radio Station, 1991-92" From late 1991 until July 1992, Southern California’s airwaves heralded the future. Utilizing a synchronized signal at 103.1 FM in Los Angeles (KDLD... Read More →

Al Shipley

Al Shipley is a Maryland-based music critic and journalist whose work has appeared in publications and websites such as the Baltimore Sun, the Baltimore City Paper, Scratch Magazine, XXL, The Village Voice, Pitchfork, and Idolator. His first book, Tough Breaks: The Story of Baltimore Club Music, will be published in 2013.   Abstract: | | "Tough Breaks: The Story of Baltimore Club Music" Baltimore, the mid-Atlantic rust belt city may have... Read More →

Friday March 23, 2012 4:00pm - 6:00pm
NYU’s Helen and Martin Kimmel Center for University Life (KC) 60 Washington Square South, New York, NY 10012