American Musicological Series Lecture featuring Andy Flory

Wednesday, December 5: 7 p.m.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum will welcome Andy Flory of Carleton College as the next guest speaker in the American Musicological Society/Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum Lecture Series – a joint collaboration that brings scholarly work to a broader audience and showcases the musicological work of the top scholars in the field.  Flory will give the lecture, “Reissuing Marvin: Musicology and the Modern Expanded Edition” on Wednesday, December 5 at 7 p.m. in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum’s Foster Theater. 

This event is FREE and reservations are recommended, but not required.  To RSVP, visit  This event will be live streamed on, and a webcast will be made available on the AMS web site.

During his lecture, Flory will consider the role of the musicologist as reissue producer. He was approached by Universal Music Group to provide musicological assistance with a reissue of Marvin Gaye’s Trouble Man, an album closely related to a 1972 Blaxploitation film soundtrack composed by Gaye. The process of completing this work gave him a glimpse into the world of the modern reissue producer, a rarely-discussed agent responsible for creating historical documents of past releases for the modern marketplace.

Using his experience with the project as a launching point, Flory’s talk will consider the role of the musicologist within the business of popular music for a larger discussion of the public humanities. In addition, the lecture will offer reflections on what academics might offer an industry that is often focused on the past, while also considering how the musicological community may benefit from deeper connections with corporate entities that control often-proprietary resources.

Building upon the success of the AMS/Library of Congress lecture series, which over the last three years has resulted in a six public lectures by distinguished members of the American Musicological Society showcasing research building upon the library’s musical collections, the AMS/RRHOFM Lecture series consists of two events each year featuring members of the Society presenting engaging lectures on topics relevant to the mission of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. For more information about these events, visit

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