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Friday, April 21 • 2:00pm - 3:30pm
The All-Star Charity Single, Reconsidered

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This roundtable will consider the politics—and, yes, the art—of this often-derided and under-theorized musical staple. Possible issues of discussion include the place of charity singles in the wider history of protest song and pop music activism; the relationship of the charity singles to gospel, Adult Contemporary, and other traditions; questions of nationalism, colonialism, and a pop musical “white man’s burden”; and the shifting role of benefit records in the era of Internet and social media activism.

Panel participants promise to check their egos at the door—but not their ids.

Short presentations on particular charity singles will be followed by general discussion and Q&A.

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Jody Rosen

Twitter | | Jody Rosen is writer at The New York Times Magazine. He was previously critic-at-large for T: The New York Times Style Magazine, the music critic for New York, Slate, and The Nation, and a senior critic at Rolling Stone. His new book, Two Wheels Good: A Bicycle History of the World, will be published by Crown in 2018... Read More →

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Jason King

Twitter | | Jason King, PhD is Associate Professor, Director of Global Studies, and Director of Writing, History & Emergent Media Studies and the founding faculty member at New York University's Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music. A journalist, musician, DJ, and producer, he was the program's first Interim Chair, Associate Chair and Artistic Director. Jason has been teaching classes on popular music history, the music business (marketing/branding), and the social aspects of music technology for many years, as well as teaching at NYU campuses in Singapore and Abu Dhabi and developing study abroad programs in Berlin and Havana. He is the author of The Michael Jackson Treasures, a 2009 Barnes and Noble exclusive biography on the King of Pop, which has been translated in more than seven languages, and a regular contributor to publications like Pitchfork, Billboard, Buzzfeed, Slate, and Vice. He has been an expert witness in copyright infringement cases for Jay Z, Timbaland, Lady Gaga, Madonna, and others, and he has appeared in many music documentaries, including Spike Lee's critically acclaimed Bad 25 and Michael... Read More →
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Karen Tongson

Twitter | | Karen Tongson is Associate Professor of English and Gender Studies at University of Southern California, and the author of Relocations: Queer Suburban Imaginaries (NYU Press). Her work has appeared in numerous venues in print and online. She has a forthcoming book with ForEdge Press... Read More →
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Carl Wilson

Twitter | | Carl Wilson is the author of Let’s Talk About Love: Why Other People Have Such Bad Taste, which was recently listed by Billboard as one of the “100 Best All-Time Music Books.” He is Slate’s music critic and a past or present contributor to The New York Times, Spin, The Globe and Mail, Bookforum, Billboard, and many other publications. He lives in Toronto. | | Roundtable: The All-Star Charity Single, Reconsidered... Read More →

Friday April 21, 2017 2:00pm - 3:30pm
JBL Theater MoPOP, 325 5th Avenue N, Seattle, WA 98109