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Saturday, March 24

12:45pm EDT

Vidas Perfectas: El Parque

This event contributes to the dialogue about Sounds of the City performatively, with a live, low-tech concert performance of “El Parque,” a half-hour episode from Vidas Perfectas, the Spanish-language version of Robert Ashley’s landmark work Perfect Lives (1977-1983). This all-new version features Ned Sublette, Elio Villafranca, Peter Gordon, Elisa Santiago, and Abraham Gómez Delgado, in the roles originally performed by Robert Ashley, “Blue” Gene Tyranny, Peter Gordon, Jill Kroesen and David van Tieghem, respectively.

With: Ned Sublette, Elio Villafranca, Peter Gordon, Elisa Santiago, and Abraham Gómez Delgado


Abraham Gomez Delgado

Abraham Gomez-Delgado is a composer, multi-instrumentalist, vocalist and performance artist of Peruvian descent. A native of Puerto Rico, he now leads the experimental Latin music group Zemog el Gallo Bueno, co-leads the Positive Catastrophe and has a performance art group named Eje... Read More →

Peter Gordon

Peter Gordon first gained attention in New York in the late 1970s with his Love of Life Orchestra (LOLO). He has composed large-scale scores for collaborations in theater, dance, film and video, including Robert Ashley’s Perfect Lives. His recordings include Star Jaws, Extended... Read More →

Elisa Santiago

Elisa Santiago danced professionally in Spain for several years before receiving her BA in choreography at The School for New Dance Development in Amsterdam in 2003. There she met Voin de Voin, with whom she made performance installation pieces under the name of Kangaroo Productions... Read More →

Ned Sublette

Ned Sublette is a singer-songwriter and author. He has published three books: Cuba and Its Music: From the First Drums to the Mambo, The World that Made New Orleans: From Spanish Silver to Congo Square, and The Year Before the Flood. His albums include Kiss You Down South (forthcoming... Read More →

Elio Villafranca

Elio Villafranca was classically trained in percussion and composition at the Instituto Superior de Arte in Havana, Cuba before his arrival in the U.S. in late 1995. Resident professor at Temple University, he is at the forefront of the latest generation of remarkable Cuban pianists... Read More →

Saturday March 24, 2012 12:45pm - 1:30pm EDT
Rosenthal Pavilion, 10th Floor 60 Washington Square South, New York, NY

2:15pm EDT

Roundtable: Newark’s Finest: Reflections on Whitney Houston

Whitney Houston’s engrossing “homegoing” funeral service was a potent reminder of her local New Jersey roots and instantiation in traditional black Baptist gospel ritual, even as the service itself drove home how global, hybrid and ubiquitous her cross-over approach to superstardom had been. This roundtable considers the impact of Whitney Houston on singing, on music styles and formats, and on the business itself; and her contribution to the way we think about race, gender, class, and post-civil rights / post-soul politics.

With: Nelson George, Michael A. Gonzales, Margo Jefferson,
Scott Poulson-Bryant, and Danyel Smith

Moderator: Jason King


Nelson George

Nelson George is a author/filmmaker who documents and celebrates the black experience in America. Nelson has written the critically acclaimed music histories The Death of Rhythm & Blues and Hip Hop America, plus the current music themed novel The Plot Against Hip Hop. He directed... Read More →

Michael A. Gonzales

Michael A. Gonzales has written cover stories for Wax Poetics, Vibe, One More Robot, The London Telegraph, XXL, Stop Smiling and The Source. His essays have been cited in Da Capo Best Music Writing 2008, 2009 and 2010. In addition, he blogs about pop culture @ Blackadelicpop.blogspot.com... Read More →

Margo Jefferson

Margo Jefferson is a cultural critic and the author of On Michael Jackson (Vintage). She was a staff writer for The New York Times for 12 years, and received a Pulitzer Prize in 1995. Her reviews and essays have appeared in Bookforum, The Washington Post, New York Magazine, Grand... Read More →

Jason King

(EMP Pop Conference Producer for Clive Davis Institute). Jason King is the Artistic Director of The Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music, an innovative leadership institute for aspiring young music entrepreneurs at Tisch School of the Arts, NYU - and its founding faculty member... Read More →

Scott Poulson-Bryant

Scott Poulson-Bryant is a doctoral candidate in Harvard’s History of American Civilization program, where he is working on a dissertation analyzing performances of race and gender in 1970s African American musicals. One of the co-founding editors of VIBE magazine, his books include... Read More →
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Danyel Smith

Culture Lead, ESPN
Danyel Smith is culture lead at ESPN’s “The Undefeated.” She is a 2013-14 John S. Knight Journalism Fellow at Stanford University, and has served as editor of Billboard, editor-at-large at Time Inc. and as editor-in-chief of VIBE. Danyel is co-founder of HRDCVR, a design-centered... Read More →

Saturday March 24, 2012 2:15pm - 3:45pm EDT
Rosenthal Pavilion, 10th Floor 60 Washington Square South, New York, NY

4:00pm EDT

Imaginary Cities

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... Read More →
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Ann Powers

Ann Powers is NPR Music's critic and correspondent. She writes for NPR's music news blog, The Record, and she can be heard on NPR's newsmagazines and music programs.One of the nation's most notable music critics, Powers has been writing for The Record, NPR's blog about finding... 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... 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... Read More →

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

6:15pm EDT

IAPSM-US General Membership Meeting

The general membership meeting of IASPM-US is the organization’s opportunity to gather together and discuss the accomplishments of the past year, any concerns or issues that have arisen, and plans for the coming year. All IASPM members are welcome. We would also like to invite any interested regular EMP Pop Conference participants who might be interested in joining IASPM. Beyond our normal business, the general meeting this year will feature the announcement of the first winner of the Charles Hamm Memorial Award in recognition of lifetime contribution to Popular Music Studies. In addition, the David Sanjek Award for best paper by a graduate student at the meeting will be announced.

Saturday March 24, 2012 6:15pm - 7:30pm EDT
Rosenthal Pavilion, 10th Floor 60 Washington Square South, New York, NY
Sunday, March 25

1:00pm EDT

Rhyme Thoughts Travel at a Tremendous Speed”: GZA/The Genius Discusses Liquid Swords

(image credit: Kai Regan/Alldayeveryday)

In 1995 GZA released Liquid Swords, the first of the solo Wu Tang Clan efforts. The album is constantly referenced among artists in the indie, electronic, and of course hip hop world as an inspiration for its eclecticism and challenge to standard ways of writing music. Pitchfork media, for example, invited GZA to perform the classic album in full at their summer festival. The GZA will discuss the album within the framework of a discussion of his career as an MC, his creative process, and the global state of an artform that began right here in New York City.

Moderator: Jon Caramanica


Jon Caramanica

Jon Caramanica is a pop critic at the New York Times.   Abstract:"'Rhyme Thoughts Travel At A Tremendous Speed': GZA/The Genius Discusses Liquid Swords" In 1995 GZA released LIQUID SWORDS, the first of the solo Wu Tang Clan efforts. The album is constantly referenced among artists... Read More →
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GZA/The Genius

GZA/The Genius is a founding member of the seminal hip hop group the Wu-Tang Clan. His1995 solo effort, Liquid Swords, produced entirely by RZA, met with critical and commercial acclaim, and is widely considered one of the best albums to come out of the Wu-Tang camp. In 1998, the... Read More →

Sunday March 25, 2012 1:00pm - 2:00pm EDT
Rosenthal Pavilion, 10th Floor 60 Washington Square South, New York, NY

4:00pm EDT

Roundtable: These Are the Breaks: How a Few Dozen Obscure Records Transformed the World of Pop Music

A select group of sounds familiar only to a small group of folks within a few square miles in the Bronx of the mid-1970s became the rhythmic foundation of global pop music for the next two decades. How and why did this convergence of urban geography and music history happen? And what were the consequences?

With: Kool DJ Red Alert, Nick deKreshewo, Bill Stephney, and Brian Coleman

Moderator: Dan Charnas


Kool DJ Red Alert

DJ Red Alert, one of Afrika Bambaataa’s original Zulu Nation DJs, is one of the founding fathers of Hip-Hop music and culture. He was named one of the 50 most influential people in music by Rolling Stone, and is featured in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.   Abstract:"These Are... Read More →

Dan Charnas

Dan Charnas, author of The Big Payback: The History of the Business of Hip-Hop (Penguin), is also the co-author of Def Jam: The First 25 Years of the Last Great Record Label (Rizzoli). He was VP of A&R for Rick Rubin’s American Recordings and wrote for The Source magazine.   Abstract:"These... Read More →

Brian Coleman

Brian Coleman is the author of Check the Technique: Liner Notes for Hip-Hop Junkies (Random House/Villard). He has written for Scratch, URB, Wax Poetics, CMJ, Complex, Boston Herald, Boston Phoenix, XXL, The Source, and NY Press, among others.   Abstract:"These Are The Breaks... Read More →

Nick deKreshewo

Nick deKreshewo is the founder of Downstairs Records in Manhattan. A specialist in rare 45-rpm records, DeKreshewo transformed Downstairs Records in the 1970s and 1980s into the unofficial home of breakbeats, and continues operating Downstairs Records as an Internet and mail-order... Read More →

Bill Stephney

Bill Stephney was the first president of Def Jam Recordings and the co-founder and co-producer of the legendary group Public Enemy. Stephney was music supervisor for a number of major motion pictures including Boomerang, CB-4, The Ladies Man, and Clockers.   Abstract:"These Are... Read More →

Sunday March 25, 2012 4:00pm - 6:00pm EDT
Rosenthal Pavilion, 10th Floor 60 Washington Square South, New York, NY

6:15pm EDT

Conference Closing Keynote- Put The Needle On The Record:
Diggin’ In The Crates with ?uestlove

Ahmir “?uestlove” Thompson loves his many jobs, from leading the Roots band on late-night TV to producing a hot list of current and heritage artists, not to mention his regular DJ gig at Brooklyn Bowl and drumming on stage for Jay-Z. But there’s one thing that really lights up his days and nights: talking about his favorite records. Known for his copious vinyl collection, ?uestlove can geek out with the best of ’em. On a weekend full of geek-outs, we’re gonna geek out with ?uestlove, and talk records, talk collecting: special vinyl moments, our first, our best, our ones that got away.

Moderator: Harry Weinger

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?uestlove is the unmistakable heartbeat of The Roots, Philadelphia’s most influential hip-hop band. Beyond that, this Grammy award-winning musician's indisputable reputation has landed him musical directing positions with everyone from D'Angelo to Eminem to Jay-Z. He is the Musical... Read More →

Harry Weinger

Universal Music Enterprises

Sunday March 25, 2012 6:15pm - 7:30pm EDT
Rosenthal Pavilion, 10th Floor 60 Washington Square South, New York, NY