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Saturday, March 24

9:00am EDT

Roundtable: Where is the City? Where is the Scene?

With the internet, some urban spaces devoted to interaction around music are changing and even disappearing. Do internet-mediated musics like chillwave implode the notion of the urban, and, more generally, the local? Participants in this roundtable will discuss the dynamics of recent urban scenes, virtual communities of shared aesthetics, the movement of American artists and media from local scenes to global centers, and the changing notions of “place” in a world of home-based and mobile media.

With: Kyle Barnett, Paula Carino, Wendy Fonarow, Will Hermes, and Mark Richardson

Moderator: Holly Kruse


Kyle Barnett

Kyle Barnett is an Assistant Professor of Communication at Bellarmine University and a research fellow at Bellarmine's Institute for Media, Culture, and Ethics. He studies cultural production and genre formation in the recording industry, and his research on popular music includes... Read More →

Paula Carino

Paula Carino is a Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter and author. In the 1990s, she led the power-pop band Regular Einstein, and she has been performing solo since the early 2000s. Her album “Open on Sunday” was named best album of 2010 by Lucid Culture. She is the author of the... Read More →

Wendy Fonarow

Wendy Fonarow is Associate Professor of Anthropology at Glendale College, specializing in live music, ritual and performance. She has worked in A&R and as an industry consultant in the US and UK, and is author of the series “Ask the Indie Professor” for The Guardian. Her book... Read More →

Will Hermes

Will Hermes is a senior critic for Rolling Stone and a contributor to NPR’s “All Things Considered.” He has written for The New York Times, Spin, the Village Voice, GQ, Salon, and Entertainment Weekly. His book Love Goes to Buildings on Fire was published in 2011, and he co-edited... Read More →

Holly Kruse

Rogers State University
Holly Kruse is a communication professor at Rogers State University and researches communication technology, social formations, and social interaction. She is the author of the book Site and Sound: Understanding Independent Music Scenes as well as many scholarly journal articles... Read More →

Saturday March 24, 2012 9:00am - 11:00am EDT
NYU’s Helen and Martin Kimmel Center for University Life (KC) 60 Washington Square South, New York, NY 10012

11:15am EDT

SOTC: First Edition

Dave Laing, “Charlie Gillett: Sound Citizen of London”

Robert Christgau, “The Original Sound of the City: How Charlie Gillett Named This Conference”

Charlie McGovern, “’Up in the Streets of Harlem’: Black Vocal Groups and Postwar Urban Life”

Moderator: Karl Hagstrom Miller


Robert Christgau

Robert Christgau's msn.com record blog is called Expert Witness. His Rock & Roll & column appears at The Barnes & Noble Review. He is a critic at NPR's All Things Considered. He teaches in NYU's Clive Davis Department of Recorded Music. He has published five books based on his journalism... Read More →

Dave Laing

Dave Laing is Visiting Research Fellow at the Institute of Popular Music, University of Liverpool and a journalist, editor and lecturer. His books include The Sound of Our Time (1970), One Chord Wonders (1985), and The Da Capo Companion to 20th Century Popular Music (1990,with Phil... Read More →

Charles McGovern

Charlie McGovern teaches American studies and History at William and Mary in Williamsburg, VA. He wrote Sold American Consumption and Citizenship in American Life, 1890-1945, and he co-founded the Duke University Press series Refiguring American Music. He’s working on a book on... Read More →

Karl Hagstrom Miller

Karl Hagstrom Miller is Associate Professor of History at the University of Texas at Austin. He is the author of Segregating Sound: Inventing Folk and Pop Music in the Age of Jim Crow (Duke). He is currently writing a book about the history of amateur participation in commercial pop... Read More →

Saturday March 24, 2012 11:15am - 12:45pm EDT
NYU’s Helen and Martin Kimmel Center for University Life (KC) 60 Washington Square South, New York, NY 10012

2:15pm EDT

Warhol’s New York

Gustavus Stadler, “Aural Drag: Warhol as Pop Listener”

Eric Lott, “Andy’s Mick: Warhol Builds a Better Jagger”

Bryan Waterman, “It’s Too ‘Too Too’ to Put a Finger On”: Tom
Verlaine’s Lost Lisp and the Secret History of the New York Underground”

Moderator and Respondent: Jonathan Flatley


Jonathan Flatley

Jonathan Flatley teaches English at Wayne State University. He is author of Affective Mapping: Melancholia and the Politics of Modernism (Harvard, 2008), co-editor of Pop Out: Queer Warhol, and is completing Like: Andy Warhol and Affectivity. He currently edits the journal Criticism.   Abstract:"Lost... Read More →

Eric Lott

Eric Lott teaches English at the University of Virginia. His books include Love and Theft: Blackface Minstrelsy and the American Working Class (Oxford, 1993) and The Disappearing Liberal Intellectual (Basic Books, 2006). He is currently at work on a project titled Tangled Up in Blue... Read More →

Gustavus Stadler

Gustavus Stadler teaches English at Haverford College and is author of Troubling Minds: The Cultural Politics of Genius in the US, 1840-1890 (Minnesota, 2006). He edited a special issue of Social Text on "The Politics of Recorded Sound" and is Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of... Read More →

Bryan Waterman

Bryan Waterman teaches English at New York University. His books include (with Cyrus Patell) The Cambridge Companion to the Literature of New York (2010) and Television’s Marquee Moon (Continuum, 33 1/3, 2011). He is at work on another book about CBGB’s early years.   Abstract:"'It's... Read More →

Saturday March 24, 2012 2:15pm - 3:45pm EDT
NYU’s Helen and Martin Kimmel Center for University Life (KC) 60 Washington Square South, New York, NY 10012

4:00pm EDT

Jazz Alleys

David R. Adler, “Ghost Train: Pre-Swing Big Bands and Urban Experience”

Nate Chinen, “Nice Work: Jazz Agency and the New York City Cabaret Card, 1943-1967”

Phil Freeman, “From the Corner to Carnegie Hall and Beyond: The Urbanization of Miles Davis, 1972-1991”

Alex W. Rodriguez, “Deconstructing the Hang: Urban Spaces As Cross-Cultural Contexts for Jazz Improvisation”

Moderator: Paul Bresnick


David R. Adler

David R. Adler is an adjunct lecturer in jazz history at the Aaron Copland School of Music, Queens College. He is a regular contributor to JazzTimes, Stereophile and other publications. As a (former) professional guitarist, David has worked in jazz, pop/rock, cabaret, gospel, musical... Read More →

Paul Bresnick

Paul Bresnick established the Paul Bresnick Literary Agency, LLC in 2004. Prior to his tenure as Publisher at LiveREADS, the enhanced e-book publisher, from 2000-2002, he was Fiction Editor at Penthouse, Associate Editor at Simon & Schuster, Editor at Henry Holt, Senior Editor at... Read More →

Nate Chinen

Nate Chinen writes about music for the New York Times and JazzTimes. For each of the last six years, he has received the Helen Dance-Robert Palmer Award for Excellence in Newspaper, Magazine or Online Feature or Review Writing.   Abstract:"Nice Work: Jazz Agency and the New York... Read More →

Phil Freeman

Phil Freeman is a freelance journalist whose work has appeared in the Village Voice, Jazziz, The Wire and many other newspapers and magazines. He is the author of Running The Voodoo Down: The Electric Music Of Miles Davis (Backbeat, 2005) and the editor of Burning Ambulance magazine... Read More →

Alex W. Rodriguez

Alex W. Rodriguez is a writer, trombonist and PhD student in ethnomusicology at UCLA. After performing with jazz and popular music groups across North and South America, he recently received an M.A. degree in Jazz History and Research from Rutgers. His current research focuses on... Read More →

Saturday March 24, 2012 4:00pm - 6:00pm EDT
NYU’s Helen and Martin Kimmel Center for University Life (KC) 60 Washington Square South, New York, NY 10012
Sunday, March 25

9:00am EDT

The Rock Turn

Tom Smucker, “When Bobby Went Bob: Darin’s Muddled Dylan Turn, The Assassination of RFK, and the Collapse of Ring A Ding Urban Masculinity”

Jack Hamilton, “‘Summer’s Here and the Time Is Right’: The Rolling Stones and the Death of Sixties Music”

Andy Zax, “Remapping The Woodstock Festival:  How I Uncovered The True History Of ‘The Second-Largest City In New York State’ And Made Country Joe McDonald Hate My Guts”

Douglas Wolk, “Songs of The City”

Moderator: Michaelangelo Matos


Jack Hamilton

Jack Hamilton is a graduate student in the History of American Civilization program at Harvard University, where he is finishing a dissertation on racial imagination and popular music in the 1960s. His writing has appeared online and in print in The Atlantic, Transition, and else... 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... Read More →

Tom Smucker

Tom Smucker has been writing about pop culture and politics since the 1960s and wrote the chapter on the Carpenters and Lawrence Welk in the current EMP anthology. His novel An Inconvenient Amish Zombie Left Behind The Da Vinci Diet Code Truth was published in 2011. Abstract:"When... Read More →

Douglas Wolk

Douglas Wolk is the author of Live at the Apollo (Continuum, 2003) and Reading Comics (Da Capo, 2007). He writes about pop music and comic books for Time, Rolling Stone, Pitchfork and elsewhere, and has run the tiny record label Dark Beloved Cloud since 1992. He lives in Portland... Read More →

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

11:15am EDT

Roundtable: Cover Charges & Late-Night Jams

The fruitful relationship of jazz and “The Big Apple” stands as one of the foremost examples of a musical style benefiting from, and in turn helping to define, a supportive home. The first half of this event is a multimedia survey by Ashley Kahn of representative New York City jazz venues, from the 1920s through the 2000s; the second half is a panel discussion asking what is it about New York City and jazz that accounts for their lasting relationship, with a more contemporary focus on forums of free-flowing musical exchange and financial support for the music’s creators.

With: Legendary jazz impresario George Wein; veteran Jazz at Lincoln Center producer Billy Bank; and Jazz Standard creative director Seth Abramson

Moderator: Ashley Kahn


Seth Abramson

Seth Abramson, a Grammy Award-Winning Producer, is founder of Rabbit Moon Productions, Inc. (RMP) a live music presentation and production company. He also serves as the Creative Artistic Director for the Jazz Standard, the renowned New York City jazz club owned by restaurateur Danny... Read More →

Billy Banks

Billy Banks is principal owner and director of Banks Entertainment, a management consulting and production services company, and has worked for more than 30 years as a concert/tour producer, record producer tour manager, and music business management consultant. Since 1982, he has... Read More →

George Wein

George Wein is the world’s leading jazz impresario, an NEA Jazz Master and is widely regarded as the godfather of music festivals, having produced the first Newport Jazz Festival in 1954, followed five years later by the Newport Folk Festival. His autobiography Myself Among Others... Read More →

Sunday March 25, 2012 11:15am - 12:45pm EDT
NYU’s Helen and Martin Kimmel Center for University Life (KC) 60 Washington Square South, New York, NY 10012

1:00pm EDT

Phoebe Jacobs Talks About Her Career in the Music Industry: A Thematic Interview with Judith Tick

Jacobs oversaw public relations at two legendary venues in New York City, Basin Street East and the Rainbow Room and Rainbow Grill at Rockefeller Center, and can contribute to our understanding of the
music making which these spaces both enabled and constrained at a time during which jazz was fighting for its social life in the city. She also served as the publicist for such musicians as Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, and Peggy Lee: public relations provided opportunities for women in an otherwise male dominated music industry.

Moderator: Judith Tick


Phoebe Jacobs

Phoebe Jacobs is Executive vice president of the Louis Armstrong Educational Foundation. Her archives are located at Columbia University and the Center for Black Music Research, Columbia College, Chicago. Her experiences and memories are documented in many jazz biographies, among... Read More →

Judith Tick

Judith Tick is a music historian specializing in American music and women’s history. A Distinguished University Professor at Northeastern University, she was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2004 as an “innovator in the field of musical biography.” She... Read More →

Sunday March 25, 2012 1:00pm - 2:00pm EDT
NYU’s Helen and Martin Kimmel Center for University Life (KC) 60 Washington Square South, New York, NY 10012

2:15pm EDT

A Girl’s Guide to the Urban Imaginary

Elizabeth Keenan, “Out in the Streets: 1960s Girl Groups and the Imagined Urban Space of New York City”

Sarah Dougher,“Making Noise in the Safe Space: How Girls’ Rock Camps Make Place in the City”

Diane Pecknold, “The Spectral Cityscapes of Tween Pop”

Moderator: Jacqueline Warwick

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Sarah Dougher

Sarah Dougher is an educator and musician living in Portland Oregon. She teaches courses on gender, music, poetry and women’s history at Portland State University. She also volunteers at the Rock ‘n’ Roll Camp for girls, writes choral music, and is working on a book about tweens... Read More →

Elizabeth Keenan

Elizabeth K. Keenan completed her doctorate at Columbia University in 2008 with a dissertation on feminist politics, popular music, and the American middle class. Her work has received the Wong Tolbert and Lise Waxer Prizes from the Society for Ethnomusicology and has been published... 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... Read More →

Sunday March 25, 2012 2:15pm - 3:45pm EDT
NYU’s Helen and Martin Kimmel Center for University Life (KC) 60 Washington Square South, New York, NY 10012

4:00pm EDT

Contact Zones

José Esteban Muñoz, “Calling Up Thunder: The Gun Club and the Punk Rock Commons”

Tim Lawrence, “Networking and Contact: Competing Forms of Queerness on the New York Dance Floor, 1980-88”

Jack Halberstam, “Losing Control: Grace Jones vs. Joy Division”

Alexandra T. Vazquez, “Swamp Things: The Viscosity of the Miami Sound”

Moderator: Christine Bacareza Balance


Christine Bacareza Balance

Christine Bacareza Balance is Assistant Professor in Asian American Studies at UC Irvine. Her writing has appeared in Women & Performance, the Journal of Asian American Studies (JAAS), and the Journal of Popular Music Studies (JPMS). A member of the band The Jack Lords Orchestra... Read More →

Jack Halberstam

Jack Halberstam is the author of four books including Female Masculinity (Duke UP, 1998) and most recently The Queer Art of Failure (Duke UP, 2011). Halberstam just finished a book for Beacon Press titled Gaga Feminism: Sex, Gender and the End of Normal due out in Fall 2012. Halberstam... Read More →

Tim Lawrence

Tim Lawrence is the author of Love Saves the Day: A History of American Dance Music Culture, 1970-79 and Hold On to Your Dreams: Arthur Russell and the Downtown Music Scene, 1973-92. He is a founding member of the Centre for Cultural Studies Research and Lucky Cloud Sound System.   Abstract:"Networking... Read More →

Jose Esteban Munoz

José Esteban Muñoz is a Professor of Performance Studies at Tisch School of the Arts, New York University. He is the author Disidentifications: Queers of Color and the Performance of Politics (1999), Cruising Utopia: The Here and Now of Queer Futurity (2009) and the forthcoming... Read More →

Alexandra T. Vazquez

Alexandra T. Vazquez is an assistant professor in the Center for African American Studies and the Department of English at Princeton University. She is the author of Listening in Detail: Performances of Cuban Music and, with Ela Troyano, a coeditor of La Lupe: Queen of Latin Soul... Read More →

Sunday March 25, 2012 4:00pm - 6:00pm EDT
NYU’s Helen and Martin Kimmel Center for University Life (KC) 60 Washington Square South, New York, NY 10012