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Music and Audio-Visual Culture (MUCA IV)

Posted: September 12th, 2016 | Filed under: Calls for Papers | No Comments »

From 16-18 February 2017, the University of Murcia will host the Fourth International Congress: Music and Audio-Visual Culture MUCA, to provide a forum to scientific exchange with participation of composers, visual artists and researchers from several national and international universities.

We welcome proposals for individual papers (in English or Spanish) in order to promote new perspectives and dialogue about the main topics. Proposals should include:

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The Velvet Underground (academic book collection)

Posted: September 6th, 2016 | Filed under: Calls for Papers | No Comments »

Editors – Sean Albiez and David Pattie

Though, relatively speaking, The Velvet Underground were critically and commercially unsuccessful in their time, in ensuing decades they have become a constant touchstone in art rock, punk, post-punk, indie, avant pop and alternative rock. After the band’s initial demise, in their solo work and live and studio collaborations, ex-band members continued to create music that variously drew from the literary, experimental and pop heritage of the band. In particular Lou Reed, John Cale and Velvet Underground associate Nico produced a number of works that travelled a liminal path between art and pop. However, original members Moe Tucker and Sterling Morrison, and Doug Yule (who joined the band after Cale left in 1968) in their own way sporadically pursued more low key musical activities. In 1993 the original band members of Reed, Cale, Morrison and Tucker briefly reunited for live appearances. After the reformation petered out, Reed until his death in 2013, Cale, and briefly Tucker, continued to produce music that travelled the idiosyncratic path that began in New York in the mid-1960s.

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Sign o’ the Times: Music and Politics

Posted: September 2nd, 2016 | Filed under: Calls for Papers | No Comments »

2017 EMP Pop Conference
April 20-23, 2017
EMP Museum, Seattle WA

“I’d like to help you, son, but you’re too young to vote,” the Congressman says in Eddie Cochran’s “Summertime Blues.” Music, especially pop music, tends to anticipate politics—young people give a dress rehearsal of what’s to come, building movements or prefiguring new worlds. No less powerfully, music is shaped by politics, from rules of copyright, drinking ages, and noise volumes to crises of war and social injustice, rents in the fabric. Music’s connection to politics goes beyond sloganizing lyrics; it organizes, stirs, performs possibility.

For this year’s EMP Pop Conference, we invite presentations that relate music, of any styles or era, to politics, however that’s defined. Topics might include:

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