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Music October 26, 2020

To Live and Defy in LA

How Gangsta Rap Changed America

Felicia Angeja Viator

Hosted by Stephen Hausmann
In 1985, Greg Mack, a DJ working for Los Angeles radio station KDAY, played a song that sounded like nothing else on West Coast airwaves: Toddy Tee’s “The Batteram,” a …

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Music October 13, 2020

Memoir of a Roadie

Axl said I made a great Cup of Tea…Scott Weiland liked The Carpenters…and Ozzy Drinks Rosé

Joel Miller

Hosted by Rebekah Buchanan
In his new book, Memoir of a Roadie: Axl said I made a great Cup of Tea…Scott Weiland liked The Carpenters…and Ozzy Drinks Rosé (2020) Joel Miller recounts his time …
Music October 12, 2020

Tehrangeles Dreaming

Intimacy and Imagination in Southern California's Iranian Pop Music

Farzaneh Hemmasi

Hosted by Aaron Hagler
Farzaneh is the author of Tehrangeles Dreaming: Intimacy and Imagination in Southern California's Iranian Pop Music (Duke UP, 2020). The title obviously refers the song "California Dreamin'," but in this …
Art October 12, 2020

Attentional Engines

A Perceptual Theory of the Arts

William P. Seeley

Hosted by Carrie Figdor
How do we distinguish art from non-art artifacts, and what does cognitive science have to do with it? In Attentional Engines: A Perceptual Theory of the Arts (Oxford University Press …
Music September 29, 2020

Everyone Loves Live Music

A Theory of Performance Institutions

Fabian Holt

Hosted by Emily Ruth Allen
In Everyone Loves Live Music: A Theory of Performance Institutions (University of Chicago Press), Fabian Holt shows how festivals and other institutions of musical performance have evolved in recent decades …
Music September 21, 2020

Selling Out

Culture, Commerce and Popular Music

Bethany Klein

Hosted by Dave O'Brien
How does the music industry work in the modern world? In Selling Out: Culture, Commerce and Popular Music (Bloomsbury, 2020), Bethany Klein, a Professor of Media and Communication at the …
Music September 18, 2020

A Social History of Early Rock ‘n’ Roll in Germany

Hamburg from Burlesque to The Beatles, 1956-69

Julia Sneeringer

Hosted by Mark Klobas
The Beatles’ sojourn in the St. Pauli district of Hamburg during the early 1960s is part of music legend. As Julia Sneeringer reveals in A Social History of Early Rock …
Music September 10, 2020

Cultivated by Hand

Amateur Musicians in the Early American Republic

Glenda Goodman

Hosted by Kristen Turner
Mozart, Haydn, and Beethoven were all working in Europe during the last quarter of the eighteenth century, so perhaps it is no surprise that musicologists have diligently studied these men …
Music September 10, 2020

The Power of Music

Psychoanalytic Explorations

Roger Kennedy

Hosted by Dan Hill
Today I discussed why music so powerful in eliciting emotions with Roger Kennedy, the author of The Power of Music: Psychoanalytic Explorations (Phoenix Publishing House, 2020) Now at The Child …
Music September 7, 2020

Can’t Be Faded

Twenty Years in the New Orleans Brass Band Game

Stooges Brass Band

Hosted by Emily Ruth Allen
Can’t Be Faded: Twenty Years in the New Orleans Brass Band Game (University Press of Mississippi, 2020) is a collaboration between musician and ethnomusicologist Kyle DeCoste and more than a …
Music September 4, 2020

Red Wave

An American in the Soviet Music Underground

Joanna Stingray and Madison Stingray

Hosted by Samantha Lomb
Red Wave: An American in the Soviet Music Underground (Doppelhouse Press, 2020) is Joanna Stingray’s autobiographical account of her time on the underground music scene in the USSR and Russia …
Music September 2, 2020

Johnny Cash International

How and Why Fans Love the Man in Black

Michael Hinds and Jonathan Silverman

Hosted by Rebekah Buchanan
In Johnny Cash International: How and Why Fans Love the Man in Black (University of Iowa Press, 2020), Michael Hinds and Jonathan Silverman examine transnational and translocal fandoms and the …
Film August 21, 2020

Music by Max Steiner

The Epic Life of Hollywood’s Most Influential Composer

Steven C. Smith

Hosted by Joel Tscherne
During a seven-decade career that spanned from 19th century Vienna to 1920s Broadway to the golden age of Hollywood, three-time Academy Award winner Max Steiner did more than any other …
Music August 14, 2020

Heart of a Woman

The Life and Music of Florence B. Price

Rae Linda Brown

Hosted by Kristen Turner
In 1933, the Chicago Symphony performed the Symphony in E Minor by Florence B. Price. It was the first time a major American orchestra played a composition by an African …
Music August 13, 2020

Record Cultures

The Transformation of the U.S. Recording Industry

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 smaller U.S. record labels in the 1920s that …
Music August 12, 2020

Hush

Media and Sonic Self-Control

Mack Hagood

Hosted by Eamonn Bell
How have we used twentieth- and twenty-first-century sound technologies to carve out sonic space out of the hustle and bustle of contemporary life? In search for an answer, in this …
Art August 12, 2020

The Politics of Expertise in Cultural Labour

Arts, Work and Inequalities

Karen Patel

Hosted by Dave O'Brien
How has social media changed inequality in the cultural industries? In The Politics of Expertise in Cultural Labour: Arts, Work and Inequalities (Rowman and Littlefield, 2020), Karen Patel, AHRC Leadership …
Music August 3, 2020

Mitchell and Trask’s Hedwig and the Angry Inch

Caridad Svich

Hosted by Andy Boyd
Mitchell and Trask’s Hedwig and the Angry Inch (Routledge, 2019) is Caridad Svich’s love letter to the 1998 musical that introduced the world to its favorite East German ex-pat genderqueer …
Music August 3, 2020

The Globally Familiar

Digital Hip-Hop, Masculinity, and Urban Space in Delhi

Gabriel Dattatreyan

Hosted by Lakshita Malik
In his book The Globally Familiar: Digital Hip-Hop, Masculinity, and Urban Space in Delhi (Duke University Press, 2020), Gabriel Dattatreyan departs from the existing literature on masculinity in India, which …