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NOT Seattle, it turns out -- or rather, not JUST Seattle:


EMP Pop Conference 2013—At EMP Museum, NYU, USC, Tulane University, and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum

April 18 –21, 2013
Seattle, New York, Los Angeles, New Orleans, and Cleveland

After our blowout meeting in New York last spring, this year’s Pop Conference will be a truly all-American enterprise. Five different gatherings, in the East, West, South, Midwest, and Pacific Northwest, will take place on the same weekend, with a goal of livestreaming the content for those unable to travel and preserving it for posterity. At each location, there will be one panel at a given time, rather than concurrent sessions, to foster regional community.

Local organizers, all veteran conference participants, will steer the program for each Pop Conference city: Oliver Wang of Cal-State Long Beach in Los Angeles (working with the USC Dornsife Center for Feminist Research, directed by Karen Tongson); Tavia Nyong’o of NYU in New York (working with the Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music); Joel Dinerstein of Tulane in New Orleans (working with the New Orleans Center for the Gulf South); Lauren Onkey of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland; and Jasen Emmons of EMP Museum in Seattle. Stay tuned for specific messages from each organizer detailing how to participate, or contact individual organizers at their email address listed below.

Stay tuned for more information about individual upcoming events.

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 9 October 2012 16:17 (five years ago) Permalink

Ugh. I realize this makes it so more people can attend an EMP event, but isn't part of the appeal of EMP that you have all these people gathering from all over the country to one place to exchange ideas? I think it loses a lot if it's all divvied up into regional pools.

Cap'n Hug-a-Thug (The Reverend), Tuesday, 9 October 2012 19:49 (five years ago) Permalink

I'm going to miss that feeling too, but Eric indicates this'll be a one-off -- he flat out said on FB that he's got a book/tenure timecrunch he needs to address -- and that it'll all be back in Seattle in 2014. Personally I like the idea of bringing in a new set of 'local' audiences -- via Cleveland and New Orleans in particular -- to the whole thing. So I'm choosing to look on the upside!

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 9 October 2012 19:57 (five years ago) Permalink

Wonder if they will have the same amount of presentations and panels, but divided up among the various locations; or will they have more of 'em?

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 10 October 2012 14:42 (five years ago) Permalink

Okay, a formal announcement was just made so I can say that I will be on the organizing committee for the LA conference. :-)

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 10 October 2012 20:02 (five years ago) Permalink

agree w/ rev while also excited for this -- NYC this year was my first time, and towards the end of the weekend i'd heard murmurs that it was just going to be back in Seattle next year, which i probably wouldn't be able to manage, but at least this way i'd have a good chance of being able to go to NYC or maybe Cleveland.

some dude, Wednesday, 10 October 2012 20:17 (five years ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

Okay! The LA crew has just issued its CFP and general details:


Ned Raggett, Monday, 29 October 2012 18:47 (five years ago) Permalink

And if you just want or need the PDF


Ned Raggett, Monday, 29 October 2012 18:56 (five years ago) Permalink

right on, already thinking of proposal ideas.

lunar madness (get bent), Monday, 29 October 2012 18:59 (five years ago) Permalink

I've skipped that step and I'm jumping right to bracing myself for rejection.

Bound by Habitrails (J3ff T.), Tuesday, 30 October 2012 02:58 (five years ago) Permalink

Are there going to be more papers this time around? I really want to present at one of these sometime. Hoping that being a PhD student at UCLA rather than a Master's student in Canada might help too. Though I'm sure actually having an interesting topic wouldn't hurt either, right?

mobs of burly teen christgaus (thewufs), Tuesday, 30 October 2012 05:17 (five years ago) Permalink

four weeks pass...


Here's info on the 2013 New Orleans one

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 27 November 2012 20:48 (four years ago) Permalink

four weeks pass...
three weeks pass...

i've been invited to take part in the "critical karaoke" segment of EMP LA! i get to play a song that's relevant to my topic and present over it, very quickly. :-)

i'll be talking about "baby boomers and the urban problem" -- with the mamas and the papas' "twelve-thirty (young girls are coming to the canyon)" as the centerpiece.

les yper-fem (get bent), Wednesday, 16 January 2013 22:16 (four years ago) Permalink

this seems like as opportune a time to ask as any: does anyone have any idea what is going on with new york?

katherine, Thursday, 17 January 2013 03:59 (four years ago) Permalink

some people are gonna talk about stuff? at nyu. i think. but no call for papers.

scott seward, Thursday, 17 January 2013 04:03 (four years ago) Permalink

and also that sounds cool, jbr! watch out for ned's hard-hitting questions. he's relentless.

scott seward, Thursday, 17 January 2013 04:04 (four years ago) Permalink


Seattle's call for papers

curmudgeon, Thursday, 17 January 2013 05:00 (four years ago) Permalink

ah, awesome! i missed the deadline for LA, so i think i'll submit something to seattle -

geeta, Thursday, 17 January 2013 05:04 (four years ago) Permalink

Indeed, go for it!

As I know what the full lineup for the conference in LA -- given I helped choose it and all -- it's a firecracker. Wish you could all be here! I will be the social media face of the conference via Tumblr and Twitter -- more on that soon!

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 17 January 2013 07:04 (four years ago) Permalink

New Orleans paper submission issue is in the link posted November 27, 2012. It says in part:

Please send abstracts of individual papers, with 50-word bios, to Joel Dinerstein (jdinerst AT tulane.edu) or Karen Celestan (kcelestan AT tulane.edu) or GulfSouth AT Tulane.edu. Deadline for proposals is February 13, 2013. Panel proposals (90 minutes) or special types of panels (roundtable, performance) should include overview, individual papers or presentations, and bios. We welcome unorthodox proposals aimed explicitly at a general interest audience. Registration is free for presenters and the public.

curmudgeon, Thursday, 17 January 2013 14:28 (four years ago) Permalink

So nothing from NYU re the NYC one?

curmudgeon, Thursday, 17 January 2013 15:56 (four years ago) Permalink

My understanding is there was no CFP for New York, but presentations will be made.

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 17 January 2013 15:59 (four years ago) Permalink


curmudgeon, Thursday, 17 January 2013 16:49 (four years ago) Permalink

Wait. So the NYC one isn't a normal pop con? Is it more restrained than the others? Is it better to go to one of the other ones?

twinkin' and drinkin' and ready to fly (Alex in Montreal), Thursday, 17 January 2013 18:13 (four years ago) Permalink

You should of course come to LA why because special.

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 17 January 2013 18:13 (four years ago) Permalink

I decided to email Eric Weisbard of the EMP Pop Conference about NYC 2013 and here's what he said, in part:

This is New York’s theme: “After the Deluge,” The New York City installment of the 2013 EMP Pop Conference will be held at New York University April 18th-19th, 2013, sponsored by the Department of Performance Studies and the Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music. The two-day event will feature a set of discussions and events curated by a distinguished program committee of scholars and journalists. Our postdiluvian title is meant to be open-ended. It will invite reflection on music and the city and region before, during, and after Superstorm Sandy. It will draw focus to the much smaller scale of this year’s event, after the IASPM/EMP

extravaganza of 2012. And lastly, it will invite consideration of how we handle — as critics and consumers — the excesses and scarcities of music in our present moment. There will be no open call for papers but please get in touch with the conference organizer Tavia Nyong’o at

tavia.nyongo AT nyu.edu if you are interested in participating or attending.

curmudgeon, Friday, 18 January 2013 03:04 (four years ago) Permalink

Kind of a more limiting theme although they note they want it open-ended

curmudgeon, Friday, 18 January 2013 14:52 (four years ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

Any details on the Cleveland one that Lauren Onkey of Case Western U and the R'n'Roll Hall of Fame is organizing?

curmudgeon, Saturday, 2 February 2013 17:57 (four years ago) Permalink

Is this free to attend? The NYC one in particular? I would love to make it up there regardless...

Loud guitars shit all over "Bette Davis Eyes" (NYCNative), Saturday, 2 February 2013 17:59 (four years ago) Permalink

Okay folks, the LA schedule is up!


Ned Raggett, Friday, 8 February 2013 15:09 (four years ago) Permalink

Cleveland presentations (like NY) were by invitation only


broad themes posted:

As the world generates new modes of listening and sharing music, how do we map traditional and/or forge new organizational structures on consumption and appreciation?

· We will consider the value of list-making, curating and canon-making within a musical space that can be molded by each individual listener and evaluate the role of tastemakers in these new dynamics.

· Topics will include pedagogy; club booking and live series; institutional canon-making, such as the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and EMP; and list-making.

specific schedule will be out soon
contact person:
kmetz AT rockhall.org

curmudgeon, Friday, 8 February 2013 19:46 (four years ago) Permalink

New Orleans deadline for proposals, as noted upthread, is Feb. 13th

curmudgeon, Friday, 8 February 2013 19:48 (four years ago) Permalink

New Orleans deadline is here

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 13 February 2013 05:54 (four years ago) Permalink

Maura Johnston (who is on the committee for the NYC EMP Conference), hopes to have events in each location I see


curmudgeon, Wednesday, 20 February 2013 16:07 (four years ago) Permalink


Details on registering for the free April 20th EMP Seattle event plus brief description of the format

curmudgeon, Friday, 22 February 2013 21:33 (four years ago) Permalink

I'm nervous now. New Orleans EMP accepted my proposal.

curmudgeon, Friday, 1 March 2013 15:42 (four years ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

If LA wasn't happening I was seriously going to use EMP New Orleans as an excuse to finally visit said city. Looks really lovely, that lineup.

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 19 March 2013 01:54 (four years ago) Permalink

I'm excited. Fellow DCers with a New Orleans dj on go-go; New Orleans bounce music; Sothern experimental music. I gotta get moving on my presentation.

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 19 March 2013 04:07 (four years ago) Permalink

good luck with it and yes the new orleans lineup is juicy. yesterday i realized it's been a year since the last emp, the entire conference was such fun and educational (no other word)

screen scraper (m coleman), Tuesday, 19 March 2013 09:21 (four years ago) Permalink

Is this free to attend? The NYC one in particular? I would love to make it up there regardless...

― Loud guitars shit all over "Bette Davis Eyes" (NYCNative), Saturday, February 2, 2013

NYC EMP link now says registration is free for public and presenters

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 19 March 2013 16:04 (four years ago) Permalink


curmudgeon, Wednesday, 20 March 2013 04:11 (four years ago) Permalink

registration for new york is open:

facebook event:

maura, Friday, 22 March 2013 17:58 (four years ago) Permalink


NY schedule is here (includes Joe Boyd, Amanda Palmer(!), and Robert Christgau)

curmudgeon, Saturday, 23 March 2013 15:48 (four years ago) Permalink

palpable disappointment that the other participant in the "keystone conversation with amanda palmer" is not maura

Stephen Thomas Duttywine (some dude), Saturday, 23 March 2013 15:55 (four years ago) Permalink

Maybe they meant Keystone beer.

Ned Raggett, Saturday, 23 March 2013 16:15 (four years ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

goddamnit I hate that I have to do this but does anywhere know where I can get a ticket to the NYC conference, it is apparently sold out

katherine, Tuesday, 9 April 2013 20:36 (four years ago) Permalink

Just lure the AP fans, lemminglike, away with claims of being able to buy her beer later.

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 9 April 2013 20:47 (four years ago) Permalink

Wow, waiting list only on that link for NYC. They should be streaming all the EMP conferences online or at least recording all of these every year (it always seems to be discussed but does not seem to happen). Not sure what the costs or tech issues would be.

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 9 April 2013 20:49 (four years ago) Permalink

kind of feel like there could have been a warning, you know, "BY THE WAY THIS IS LIKELY TO ACTUALLY SELL OUT"

katherine, Tuesday, 9 April 2013 20:52 (four years ago) Permalink

xpost -- We are streaming them! At least LA is, I believe the rest are too.

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 9 April 2013 21:09 (four years ago) Permalink



New Orleans one now says space is limited, register early

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 9 April 2013 23:37 (four years ago) Permalink

yeah i think this is an unforeseen side effect of having just one panel at a time

maura, Wednesday, 10 April 2013 01:25 (four years ago) Permalink

Not a side effect of having AP speak? New Orleans is doing one panel at a time on Friday, but having 2 at a time on Saturday, unlike NY.

I think Seattle is just doing one day--Saturday.

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 10 April 2013 15:14 (four years ago) Permalink

I didn't even realize there was limited availability. The Seattle ones I've just been able to walk in an hour or two before the opening and register.

sandra dayo connor (The Reverend), Wednesday, 10 April 2013 19:25 (four years ago) Permalink

nyc one is only two days, thursday and friday, one panel at a time. AP tickets are a separate thing.

maura, Wednesday, 10 April 2013 21:29 (four years ago) Permalink

fuck it. buying one pass, katherinestasaph at gmail.

katherine, Friday, 12 April 2013 05:21 (four years ago) Permalink

(unfortunately I can't afford to pay much for it because you know the entire reason I need a pass is I'm a music writer, but apparently this is my only option at this point)

katherine, Friday, 12 April 2013 05:22 (four years ago) Permalink

Good luck.

curmudgeon, Friday, 12 April 2013 14:22 (four years ago) Permalink

Ned, New Orleans is not streaming the EMP from there online. I was told :

they are just taping (for archival purposes) a few of the panels.

curmudgeon, Friday, 12 April 2013 15:48 (four years ago) Permalink

A pity!

Ned Raggett, Friday, 12 April 2013 15:54 (four years ago) Permalink

registration now closed for New Orleans!

curmudgeon, Friday, 12 April 2013 22:45 (four years ago) Permalink

Author Ned Sublette re the New Orleans EMP: I'm especially looking forward to seeing Matt Miller's bounce movie (his fine book, Bounce: Rap Music and Local Identity in New Orleans, is required reading for New Orleans hiphop.)

curmudgeon, Saturday, 13 April 2013 21:32 (four years ago) Permalink

Adding to that, actually, please do register for LA if you can!


Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 16 April 2013 14:30 (four years ago) Permalink

Also, here's some streaming info for LA!

For tomorrow night's opening event, it'll be streamed here:


And for Friday and Saturday:


Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 16 April 2013 17:12 (four years ago) Permalink

I see Cleveland's gonna have an interview with:

Brill Building songwriter, Beverly Ross, famous for penning The Chordettes’ “Lollipop,” Elvis Presley’s “The Girl of My Best Friend” and “Dim, Dim the Lights” for Bill Haley and His Comets released her tell all book titled I Was the First Woman Phil Spector Killed to rave reviews.


curmudgeon, Tuesday, 16 April 2013 18:05 (four years ago) Permalink

Might end up working all day Saturday.

sandra dayo connor (The Reverend), Tuesday, 16 April 2013 21:31 (four years ago) Permalink

Flying to New Orleans. This is gonna be pricey but fun.

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 17 April 2013 16:27 (four years ago) Permalink

dude is your panel seriously at 10am? that's brutal

adam, Wednesday, 17 April 2013 16:32 (four years ago) Permalink

Yep, the Memphis one Saturday morning from 10:15 to 11:45 (at the same time as the one on New Orleans bounce, bass and second line)

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 17 April 2013 16:35 (four years ago) Permalink

Just a reminder the opening LA session will be firing up here shortly!

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 18 April 2013 02:40 (four years ago) Permalink

Might end up working all day Saturday.

― sandra dayo connor (The Reverend), Tuesday, April 16, 2013 2:31 PM Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

Yup. Man see u.

sandra dayo connor (The Reverend), Thursday, 18 April 2013 04:56 (four years ago) Permalink

Last night in LA was great! Hope everyone had a chance to tune in; we had a really good turnout, the chambers were almost totally full.

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 18 April 2013 13:20 (four years ago) Permalink

just registered for saturday, hoping to catch at least two panels!

Salt Mama Celeste (donna rouge), Thursday, 18 April 2013 16:51 (four years ago) Permalink

Great! There's also tomorrow afternoon's absolutely necessary panel moderated by some guy or something...

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 18 April 2013 17:02 (four years ago) Permalink

Some photos from last night gathered in one handy place


Ned Raggett, Thursday, 18 April 2013 18:00 (four years ago) Permalink

And really nice piece from Raquel Gutierrez, one of last night's panelists


Ned Raggett, Thursday, 18 April 2013 20:27 (four years ago) Permalink

Also LA streaming coverage will be available via http://empmuseum.org/popconference-la

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 18 April 2013 22:29 (four years ago) Permalink

Met EMP Pop Con founder Eric W*isbard and talked again to writer Ned Sublette in New Orleans last night. Go-go panel coming up shortly then a later a New Orleans bounce movie doc and more. Also met guy doing the Bob Dylan in New Orleans talk

curmudgeon, Friday, 19 April 2013 12:02 (four years ago) Permalink

Nice. Currently en route to USC for day one...

Ned Raggett, Friday, 19 April 2013 14:14 (four years ago) Permalink

LA is live!


Ned Raggett, Friday, 19 April 2013 16:14 (four years ago) Permalink

And we'll be live again in two and a half hours...

Ned Raggett, Saturday, 20 April 2013 15:25 (four years ago) Permalink

EXHAUSTED. But another great EMP weekend this time in miniature.

Ned Raggett, Sunday, 21 April 2013 02:44 (four years ago) Permalink

EMP New Orleans panels and such were great and it was cool meeting folks on panels. I was happy with my presentation. Will tell more when I get back home. Unfortunately there was some sort of mixup or something with registration, as they announced in advance that it was "sold out", but it ended up with lots of empty seats for morning and afternoon panels (few of the registrants came). In addition to EMP, gf & I joined in a 2nd line led by Hot 8, saw John Boutte at DBA, Kermit Ruffins at his restaurant and more.

curmudgeon, Monday, 22 April 2013 06:09 (four years ago) Permalink

Its a shame the New Orleans panels were not streamed and few of them were taped--there were some fascinating ones. Hudson Marquez talking about getting beat up by the New Orleans police circa 1969 when he was trying to find Professor Longhair who had disappeared from the music scene, and how Quint Davis, the founder of Jazzfest tried to take credit later for "discovering" 'Fess. Alison F#nsterstock's presentation The Sissy Strut: Gay, tran-g, and cross-dressing black male entertainers in New Orleans from Patsy Vidalia to Big Freedia had various wow moments. The Bounce movie that can't get distributed because of copyright issues provided great insight into that scene.

curmudgeon, Monday, 22 April 2013 14:46 (four years ago) Permalink

That does sound very great and what a shame so few were recorded -- the various posts on Twitter made those sessions sound wonderful.

Speaking for myself the panel I moderated featuring our own Jeff T was definitely a highlight, as were the one-two roundtable Saturday sessions on Kendrick Lamar and krump.

Ned Raggett, Monday, 22 April 2013 14:52 (four years ago) Permalink

so bummed that i had so much other traveling and stuff happening this month that there was no way i could make it to any of these. next year!

some dude, Monday, 22 April 2013 15:00 (four years ago) Permalink

Met or heard lots of interesting folks-- Memphis professor Charles Hughes who is writing a book about race relations in the 1960s to 80s soul scene; a jazz and blues author who did a great presentation on Italian and Sicilian music and its relationship to blues and jazz (Louis Armstrong listening to Caruso; that John Tutoro movie Passione) and Holly George-Warren on Muscle Shoals studio, the 60s soul of Fame Records, and soul singer Arthur Alexander(covered by the Beatles, Rolling Stones & Dylan; and John Lennon especially loved his vocals and listened to him a lot she said). Of course you can't hear everything at these events--I missed an avante-jazz one, and a New Orleans bounce, bass and Second-line panel was opposite mine.

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 23 April 2013 15:05 (four years ago) Permalink

I wonder if ilxor Katherine ever managed to get into the NYC emp?

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 23 April 2013 17:47 (four years ago) Permalink

LOVED that krump panel, so so much

Salt Mama Celeste (donna rouge), Tuesday, 23 April 2013 18:02 (four years ago) Permalink

Yes indeed!

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 23 April 2013 18:07 (four years ago) Permalink

i used to shop at that ralph's in north hollywood and never once saw those guys :(

also ned i tried to flag you down after karaoke but you musta bolted pretty fast? anyway, well done! already looking forward to the next one

Salt Mama Celeste (donna rouge), Tuesday, 23 April 2013 18:13 (four years ago) Permalink

I went down to the Redwood to anchor some tables as soon as I could. You should have joined us!

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 23 April 2013 18:26 (four years ago) Permalink

Oh hey, I was invoked.

South of Hamster (J3ff T.), Tuesday, 23 April 2013 22:01 (four years ago) Permalink


Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 23 April 2013 22:06 (four years ago) Permalink


South of Hamster (J3ff T.), Tuesday, 23 April 2013 22:10 (four years ago) Permalink

(I managed, thanks.)

katherine, Tuesday, 23 April 2013 22:12 (four years ago) Permalink


Voice contributor hypothesizes about reasons for EMP regional status this year and its future, without mentioning EMP founder Weisbard's statements that EMP will be in Seattle next year, and the regional focus had to do with Weisbard's busy academic schedule this year. There's also some discussion of this year's NYC panels

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 23 April 2013 22:18 (four years ago) Permalink


One of the highlights of EMP New Orleans was listening to author Jason Berry interview Hudson Marquez about his finding Professor Longhair in New Orleans in 1969 or so. Marquez told awesome stories about going to the Dew Drop Inn when he was 13 and seeing r'n'b greats, ranted about Jazz & Heritage Fest founder Quint Davis stealing credit for finding 'Fess and about the NOPD, and much more. Just found this link about this guy who also created the cadillac ranch. His comments about Springsteen on the link are pretty funny too.

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 24 April 2013 14:33 (four years ago) Permalink

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