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AMS/Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum Lecture Series

The American Musicological Society and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum (RRHOFM) in Cleveland, Ohio, are collaborating on a new lecture series that brings scholarly work to a broader audience and showcases the musicological work of the top scholars in the field. 

The lecture is held at the RRHOFM Library & Archives,
2809 Woodland Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44115.


Upcoming Lectures

(dates tba, Fall and Spring)

Fall 2019: Patrick Rivers (University of New Haven) & Will Fulton (La Guardia Community College): "The Music and the Machines: The SP-1200, the MPC, and the Evolution of Hip Hop Beat Making": 13 November 2019
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Spring 2020: Matt Brennan (University of Glasgow), “The Tyranny of the Snare Drum”

Spring 2020: Brian Wright: "Play Guitar with the Ventures!: How Amateurs Reshaped Rock 'n' Roll"

Fall 2020: Theo Cateforis (Syracuse University), “Soft/Loud”

Spring 2021: Robin James (University of North Carolina at Charlotte),“What was the Modern Rock 500? What One Ohio Radio Station’s Annual Countdown Can Tell Us about Gender, Omnivorous Consumption, and the Differences between 'Modern Rock,' 'Alternative,' and 'Indie'”

Past Lectures

See here for full details and video webcasts

S. Alexander Reed (Ithaca College), spring 2019: “There Is No Pilot: How Laurie Anderson’s Big Science Diagnosed a World Beyond Control”

Sara Gulgas (University of Arizona), fall 2018: "Baroque Rock: An Embarrassing Stain on Rock’s Harder Image?"

Joshua Duchan (Wayne State University), spring 2018: "Billy Joel and the American Musical Landscape"

Tammy Kernodle (Miami University of Ohio), fall 2017: "Hope for a New Tomorrow: Transcendence and Resistance in the Gospel Blues of Nina Simone, Aretha Franklin, Mavis Staples and Roberta Flack"

Daniel Goldmark (Case Western Reserve University), spring 2017: "Anthologizing Rock and Roll: Rhino Records and the Repackaging of Rock History"

Steven Baur (Dalhousie University), fall 2016: "Toward a Cultural History of the Backbeat"

Jacqueline Warwick (Dalhousie University), spring 2016: "Dad Rock and Child Stars"

Stephanie Vander Wel (University at Buffalo (SUNY)), fall 2015: "Rose Maddox's Roadhouse Vocality and the California Sound of 1950s Rockabilly and Honky-Tonk"

Mark Clague (University of Michigan), spring 2015: "'This Is America': Jimi Hendrix's Reimaginings of the 'The Star-Spangled Banner' as Social Comment for Woodstock and Beyond"

Samantha Bennett (Australian National University), fall 2014: "Rock, Recording and Rebellion: Technology and Process in 1990s Record Production"

Christopher Doll (Rutgers University), spring 2014: "Nuclear Holocaust, the Kennedy Assassination, and 'Louie Louie': The Unlikely History of Sixties Rock and Roll"

Loren Kajikawa (University of Oregon), September 2013: "Before Rap: DJs, MCs, and Pre-1979 Hip Hop Performances"

Andrew Flory (Carleton College), December 2012: "Reissuing Marvin: Musicology and the Modern Expanded Edition"

David Brackett (McGill University), April 2012: "Fox-Trots, Hillbillies, and the Classic Blues: Categorizing Popular Music in the 1920s"

Albin Zak (University at Albany, SUNY), October 2011: "'A Thoroughly Bad Record': Elvis Presley's 'Hound Dog' as Rock and Roll Manifesto"

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