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Interviews with musicians and scholars of music about their new books.

Emily Wilbourne, "Voice, Slavery, and Race in Seventeenth-Century Florence" (Oxford UP, 2023)

July 16, 2024

Voice, Slavery, and Race in Seventeenth-Century Florence

Emily Wilbourne
Hosted by Miranda Melcher

Grounded in new archival research documenting a significant presence of foreign and racially-marked individuals in Medici Florence, Voice, Slavery, an…

Emily J. Lordi, "The Meaning of Soul: Black Music and Resilience Since the 1960s" (Duke UP, 2020)

July 15, 2024

The Meaning of Soul

Emily J. Lordi
Hosted by Kristen Turner

Soul is one of those concepts that is often evoked, but rarely satisfactorily defined. In The Meaning of Soul: Black Music and Resilience Since the 19…

AI and Music: The Future is Here (featuring "There I Ruined It")

July 13, 2024

AI and Music

Mitchell Green, Aaron Dial, and Dustin Ballard
Hosted by UConn PopCast

It’s the UConn Popcast, and recently UConn’s Center for the Study of Popular Music hosted a panel discussion on Artificial Intelligence and the Future…

Danielle Antoinette Hidalgo, "Dance Music Spaces: Clubs, Clubbers, and DJs Navigating Authenticity, Branding, and Commercialism" (Lexington, 2023)

July 12, 2024

Dance Music Spaces

Danielle Antoinette Hidalgo
Hosted by Michael Johnston

In Dance Music Spaces: Clubs, Clubbers, and DJs Navigating Authenticity, Branding, and Commercialism (Lexington Books, 2022), Danielle Antoinette Hida…

Paul Rekret, "Take This Hammer: Work, Song, Crisis" (Goldsmiths Press, 2024)

July 10, 2024

Take This Hammer

Paul Rekret
Hosted by Gummo Clare

The emergence of the popular music industry in the early twentieth century not only drove a wedge between music production and consumption, it also un…

Jake Johnson, "The Possibility Machine: Music and Myth in Las Vegas" (U Illinois Press, 2023)

July 7, 2024

The Possibility Machine

Jake Johnson, Brian F. Wright, and Joanna Dee Dass
Hosted by Kristen Turner

Las Vegas is a place the American dream made; a city built in the middle of desert visited by millions of people every year hoping to make their dream…

On Michael Jackson: A Lecture by Margo Jefferson

June 29, 2024

On Michael Jackson

Margo Jefferson

In September 2006, Margo Jefferson spoke to the Institute about her book, On Michael Jackson (Vintage, 2007). Jefferson received the 1995 Pulitzer Pri…

A Drummer's Tale

June 24, 2024

A Drummer's Tale

Charles Hayward
Hosted by Mack Hagood

Charles Hayward is one of the most propulsive, resourceful and generative rock-plus drummers of the past half-century. An influential percussionist, k…

Ann Powers, "Traveling: On the Path of Joni Mitchell" (Dey Street Books, 2024)

June 24, 2024

Traveling

Ann Powers
Hosted by Bradley Morgan

For decades, Joni Mitchell's life and music have enraptured listeners. One of the most celebrated artists of her generation, Mitchell has inspired cou…

Christopher T. Conner and David R. Dickens, "Electronic Dance Music: From Deviant Subculture to Culture Industry" (Rowman & Littlefield, 2023)

June 23, 2024

Electronic Dance Music

Christopher T. Conner and David R. Dickens
Hosted by Michael Johnston

Electronic Dance Music: From Deviant Subculture to Culture Industry (Rowman & Littlefield, 2023) explores the subculture’s emergence as a deviant subc…

Laura Davis-Chanin and Liz Lamere, "Infinite Dreams: The Life of Alan Vega" (Backbeat Books, 2024)

June 11, 2024

Infinite Dreams

Laura Davis-Chanin and Liz Lamere
Hosted by Rebekah Buchanan

Infinite Dreams: The Life of Alan Vega (Backbeat, 2024) by Laura Davis-Chanin and Liz Lamere is the first biography on the life of Alan Vega, best kno…

Screwed and Chopped

June 10, 2024

Screwed and Chopped

Langston Collin Wilkins
Hosted by Mack Hagood

Since the 1990s, many of Houston’s African American residents have customized cars and customized the sound of hip hop. Cars called “slabs” swerve a s…

Timothy P. Storhoff, "Harmony and Normalization: US-Cuban Musical Diplomacy" (UP of Mississippi, 2020)

June 9, 2024

Harmony and Normalization

Timothy P. Storhoff
Hosted by Emily Ruth Allen

Harmony and Normalization: US-Cuban Musical Diplomacy (University Press of Mississippi, 2020) explores the channels of musical exchange between Cuba a…

Corey J. Miles, "Vibe: The Sound and Feeling of Black Life in the American South" (U Mississippi Press, 2024)

June 7, 2024

Vibe

Corey J. Miles
Hosted by Rebekah Buchanan

In Vibe: The Sound and Feeling of Black Life in the American South (University of Mississippi Press, 2023), Corey J. Miles narrates how southern Black…

Matthew D. Morrison, "Blacksound: Making Race and Popular Music in the United States" (U California Press, 2024)

June 5, 2024

Blacksound

Matthew D. Morrison
Hosted by Nathan Smith

Blacksound: Making Race and Popular Music in the United States (U California Press, 2024) explores the sonic history of blackface minstrelsy and the r…

Tara López, "Chuco Punk: Sonic Insurgency in El Paso" (U Texas Press, 2024)

June 4, 2024

Chuco Punk

Tara López
Hosted by Rebekah Buchanan

Tara López's Chuco Punk: Sonic Insurgency in El Paso (University of Texas Press, 2024), is an immersive study of the influential and predominantly Chi…

Kyle Barnett, "Record Cultures: The Transformation of the U.S. Recording Industry" (U Michigan Press, 2020)

June 2, 2024

Record Cultures

Kyle Barnett
Hosted by Kimberly Mack

In Record Cultures: The Transformation of the U.S. Recording Industry (University of Michigan Press, 2020), Kyle Barnett tells the story of the smalle…

Ryan White, "Springsteen: Album by Album" (Palazzo Editions, 2024)

May 31, 2024

Springsteen

Ryan White
Hosted by Bradley Morgan

The definitive illustrated book on "The Boss"-- Springsteen: Album by Album (Palazzo Editions, 2024) is now updated to celebrate Bruce Springsteen’s 7…

Bodie A. Ashton, "The Pet Shop Boys and the Political: Queerness, Culture, Identity, and Society" (Bloomsbury, 2024)

May 28, 2024

The Pet Shop Boys and the Political

Bodie A. Ashton
Hosted by Rebekah Buchanan

In The Pet Shop Boys and the Political: Queerness, Culture, Identity, and Society (Bloomsbury, 2024), editor Bodie Ashton compiles twelve essays explo…

Ears Racing

May 27, 2024

Ears Racing

Jennifer Stoever
Hosted by Mack Hagood

This episode, we talk with Jennifer Lynn Stoever–editor of the influential sound studies blog Sounding Out!–about her new book, The Sonic Color Line: …