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Sunday, March 25 • 9:00am - 11:00am
Baby Please Don’t Go: The City as Women’s Ruin in American Roots Music

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Holly Hobbs, “Little Sparrows and Tender Maidens: Thoughts on Old and New World Balladry and Cautionary Tales”

Alison Fensterstock, “Fallen Angels: The Persistent Plotline of Woman’s Ruin in Hip-Hop, Hair Metal and Beyond”

Holly George-Warren, “Dolly Does Deflowered Damsels: How Dolly Parton’s Fallen-Woman Songcraft Took Her to the Top”

Moderator: Diane Pecknold


Alison Fensterstock

Alison Fensterstock is a music writer at the New Orleans Times-Picayune and the program director for the Ponderosa Stomp Foundation. Recent projects include co-curating the “Where They At” exhibition and oral history archive on New Orleans bounce music and the Louisiana State Museum’s “Unsung Heroes” exhibit on Louisiana R&B, rock, garage and blues.   Abstract: | | "Fallen Angels: The Persistent... 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 →

Holly Hobbs

Holly Hobbs is a PhD candidate in Ethnomusicology at Tulane University, where she is working to design and launch a digital archive of hiphop music/oral history post-Katrina. Before relocating to New Orleans, Hobbs directed the youth nonprofit New Media Network in Columbia, Missouri while developing the Missouri Rural Crisis Center Documentary Film Series.   Abstract: | | "Little Sparrows and Tender Maidens: Thoughts on Old and New... Read More →

Diane Pecknold

Diane Pecknold is an Assistant Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of Louisville, where she teaches popular culture and feminist studies. She is the author of The Selling Sound: The Rise of the Country Music Industry and co-editor of A Boy Named Sue: Gender and Country Music.   Abstract: | | "The Spectral Cityscapes of Tween Pop" The city of the adult pop and rock imaginary is a place of heterogeneity... Read More →

Sunday March 25, 2012 9:00am - 11:00am
NYU’s Helen and Martin Kimmel Center for University Life (KC) 60 Washington Square South, New York, NY 10012