EMP.CLE Program and Schedule

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10am            Registration opens at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum

3:00-4:30    Collecting the Pop Soundscape: Popular Music in Libraries and Archives
Five librarians and archivists who manage research collections relating to popular music explore the unique challenges involved in collecting, preserving, and providing access to popular music resources to scholars, teachers, and students. With Nicholas Meriwether (University of California Santa Cruz Grateful Dead Archive), Steve Weiss (Southern Folklife Collection), Grover Baker (Middle Tennessee University), Susannah Cleveland (Bowling Green State University) and Andy Leach (Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum Library and Archives)


4:30-6pm    Tour the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum Library and Archives

6pm-?        Happy Hour at Cleveland bar Happy Dog
featuring DJ Chris Krauss followed by local Cleveland bands Herzog, Little Bighorn & Dead Sweaters (Find out more here.)

10:15-11:15am     Pop the Syllabus: Teaching Rock
While commonalities may emerge between teaching techniques, the goal of this roundtable is to challenge the notion that there might be a single course on the topic, and show that instructors must make difficult and targeted choices when teaching about the music, history, and culture surrounding rock music. Moderated by Andy Flory (Carleton College). With  Judith Peraino (musicology, Cornell University), Michael Kramer (history, Northwestern University), Kathryn Metz (Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum)

11:30-12:30pm   It’s Happening Live: Building Audiences
How do festivals, music series and venues curate their line-ups? How can venue owners find and shape their audiences? Cindy Barber, co-owner of the Beachland Ballroom and Tom Welsh, Director of City Stages at the Cleveland Museum of Art, two of Cleveland’s most successful and innovative programmers will explore different ways that institutions approach performance and reception.

12:30-2:00pm   LUNCH

2:00-3:00pm     Canon in PhD: Training to Be a Pop Music Scholar in the Twenty-First Century
This roundtable features four PhD students from Case Western Reserve University's musicology program. Drawn to Cleveland from diverse backgrounds in music performance, musicology, and cultural studies in order to specialize in rock and pop music, discussants will reflect on the experience of being trained in an academe that has embraced the study of pop culture. Moderated by Daniel Goldmark, Associate Professor of Music at Case Western Reserve University. With Leah Branstetter, Jeremiah Davenport, Erin Sweeney Smith, and Mandy Smith

3:15-4:15pm    What’s “rock and roll” at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum?
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum defines rock and roll broadly and the Hall of Fame includes artists from a wide range of styles and periods. Curatorial Director Howard Kramer, Digital Content Manager Ivan Sheehan and Vice President of Education Lauren Onkey will discuss the process of selecting artists for exhibits and classes, representing the music in the digital world, navigating audience expectations and definitions of rock and roll, and answering the perennial question, “Why isn’t (insert name here) inducted?”

4:30-5:30pm    Is a World of "Posts" a Post-Canon World?
In a time of algorithms and YouTube, it is appropriate for us to ask what, if anything, constitutes the popular music canon. This panel examines the ways in which social listening and viewing have problematized the notion of a music canon, and the difficulties of new music entering a canon when older music is always immediately present online. With Barry Shank (The Ohio State University), Holly Kruse (Rogers State University), Chris Molanphy (NPR, Billboard, CMJ)

7:30pm              An Interview with Beverly Ross
Brill Building songwriter Beverly Ross is most famous for writing classic hit songs such as “Lollipop,” “Judy’s Turn to Cry” and “Dim Dim the Lights.” Her new book, I Was the First Woman Phil Spector Killed, chronicles her career as an influential American songwriter.



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