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Friday, April 21 • 9:00am - 11:00am

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“Look out, kid, they keep it all hid,” Bob Dylan said in 1965, and it was as true then as it is now. The clashes between old and new, between switched-on and turned-off, between freedom and unfreedom that defined the 1960s bred hostility, secrecy, and the nagging sense that They or Them or The Others or Those People were all engaged in shadowy plots and nefarious subterfuges that were tucked away just out of sight. And, in a way, they were. In this panel, we’ll explore stories of paranoia, conspiracy, and the conviction that no matter what side you’re on, the phone’s tapped anyway.

Jesse Jarnow, “A Survey of Pop Conspiracy Folktales”
Timothy Murphy, “Guerra all’omertà: Popular Music and Paranoia in Seventies Italy”
Malcolm Boyle, “‘I Saw Couples Injecting Reefers’—or Why The UFO Club Was Closed Down”
Andy Zax, “Talkin’ John Birch Paranoid Blues: The Unpopular Pop of Right-Wing Conspiracists”

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Mairead Case

Twitter | | Mairead Case is a working writer, and a PhD candidate at the University of Denver, Summer Writing Program Coordinator at Naropa, and a teacher at these places and the Denver women’s jail. She wrote the novel See You In the Morning (featherproof) and Tenderness (Meekling), a poetry chapbook. An intersectional feminist, Mairead has been a legal observer with the NLG for over a decade, and writes and publishes widely on music, narrative, and politics... Read More →

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Malcolm Boyle

Malcolm Boyle is a producer-director, writer, and performer. His credits include Avalon—A Field in Glastonbury, Ali G Before He Was Massif, Ideal, and Nebulous. He is currently making the feature documentary Hoppy—Underground Head, which was featured by the Victoria and Albert Museum as the climax of the launch event for their current exhibition on underground culture... Read More →

Jesse Jarnow

Twitter | | Jesse Jarnow (@bourgwick) is the author of Heads: A Biography of Psychedelic America (Da Capo, 2016) and Big Day Coming: Yo La Tengo & the Rise of Indie Rock (Gotham, 2012). Since 2008, he has hosted the Frow Show on WFMU in Jersey City. | | “A Survey of Pop Conspiracy... Read More →
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Timothy Murphy

Timothy S. Murphy is Houston-Truax-Wentz Professor and Regents Professor of English at Oklahoma State University. He is the author of Wising Up the Marks: The Amodern William Burroughs (1997) and Antonio Negri: Modernity and the Multitude (2012), as well as many articles on modern and contemporary literature and culture. He has translated many texts from French and Italian, and he edited the scholarly journal Genre: Forms of Discourse and Culture from 2000 to 2013... Read More →

Andy Zax

Twitter | | Andy Zax (@andyzax) is a Grammy-nominated music producer. His writing—under his own name and the pseudonym @Discographies—has appeared in Rolling Stone, The New Yorker, The Oxford American, and elsewhere. The Village Voice hailed him as its music critic of the year in 2010, and he received an ASCAP Deems Taylor Award in 2014. He lives in Los Angeles, where he is at work on a book about Beverly Hills in the 1980s... Read More →

Friday April 21, 2017 9:00am - 11:00am
Learning Labs MoPOP, 325 5th Avenue N, Seattle, WA 98109