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Saturday, March 24 • 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Imaginary Cities

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Jody Rosen, “‘Darktown Strutters’ Ball’: Shelton Brooks’ Chocolate City”

Greil Marcus, “‘Maybe Someday Your Name Will Be in Lights’: Robert Johnson Takes the City”

Ann Powers, “‘Free Your Head’: Psychedelic Rock’s Erotic Cities”

Rob Sheffield, “Gold Scenes Inside The Weirdmine: The Doors and LA”

Moderator: Eric Weisbard


Greil Marcus

Greil Marcus is the author of, most recently, The Doors: A Lifetime of Listening to Five Mean Years and Bob Dylan by Greil Marcus: Writings 1968-2010. With Werner Sollors he is the editor of A New Literary History of America, published by Harvard in 2009.   Abstract: | | "'Maybe Someday Your Name Will Be in Lights': Robert Johnson Takes the City" The great producer John Hammond referred to Robert Johnson as a primitive blues singer... Read More →

Ann Powers

Ann Powers is a critic for NPR Music and author of the books Tori Amos: Piece by Piece (with the artist) and Weird Like Us: My Bohemian America.   Abstract: | | "'Free Your Head': Psychedelic Rock's Erotic Cities" Between 1967 and 1969, the youth of America created a floating polis that reshaped the rules of conventional society. Much has been written about the counterculture’s politics, its fashions, its music and its mores... Read More →

Jody Rosen

Jody Rosen is the music critic for Slate, the author of White Christmas: The Story of an American Song, and the compiler of Jewface, an anthology of early 20th century Jewish novelty recordings.   Abstract: | | "'Darktown Strutters' Ball': Shelton Brooks' Chocolate City" When the songwriter Shelton Brooks published “Darktown Strutters’ Ball” in 1917, it was an instant hit—a dancehall rave-up for a transitional... Read More →

Rob Sheffield

Rob Sheffield is a columnist for Rolling Stone magazine. He is the author of two books, Love Is A Mix Tape and Talking To Girls About Duran Duran.   Abstract: | | "Gold Scenes Inside The Weirdmine: The Doors and LA" The Doors are one of the most popular, famous, acclaimed, and lucrative rock & roll bands of all time. They achieved this despite some daunting limitations: the lead instrument was an organ they apparently rescued from... Read More →

Saturday March 24, 2012 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Rosenthal Pavilion, 10th Floor 60 Washington Square South, New York, NY

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