Pop Conference 2015: Get Ur Freak On

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The annual EMP Pop Conference, first held in 2002, mixes together ambitious music writing of every kind, in an attempt to bring academics, critics, musicians, and dedicated fans into a collective conversation.

APRIL 16–19, 2015; EMP MUSEUM

Exploding conventions has long put the bomp in pop: the uncontainable desire of those deemed sexually unnatural, racial impostors, gender outlaws, obsessed fans, willful bohemians, or just plain weird. This year’s EMP Pop Conference offers more than 125 presentations exploring the subject of music and transgression. Subjects range from panels on heavy metal and the underground rock legend Lou Reed to a roundtable on hip-hop and R&B pioneer Missy Elliott, whose “Get Ur Freak On” gives us our title and a session of talks on Aggro Asian Pop.

The conference begins Thursday night, April 16, with a conversation about pop and transgression featuring many notables from journalism and academia, including Ann Powers, Carl Wilson, and Jody Rosen. A range of panels fill up Friday and Saturday and conclude Sunday morning, with topics that include: the recently departed Rod McKuen and Kim Fowley, “Joni Mitchell’s Pimp Game,” the erotics of Aretha Franklin (including a talk by her biographer, David Ritz), clowning Ella Fitzgerald and revisionist Billie Holiday, Jimmie Rodgers in Kenya, and a roundtable attempt to designate the worst song of all time. As always with the Pop Conference, the range of presenters is as important as the subject matter: critics for the likes of NPR, Slate, and Billboard in dialogue with academics and musicians.

Check the web page for a full listing of presenters:

Conference attendance is free, but space is limited, so those seeking to attend are strongly encouraged to register in advance.

Questions? Email PopConference@EMPmuseum.org.
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By: EMP Museum

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