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Friday, April 27 • 5:45pm - 7:15pm
New Wave

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  1. Rob Sheffield “What’s New Romantic About ‘New Romantics’: Taylor Swift and the Bizarrely Unkillable Legacy of New Wave”
  2. Emily Mackay "From ingenue to strap-on dildo: Björk’s adventures in gender"
  3. Ned Raggett "A Matter of Gender: The Fluid Life of Billy Mackenzie"
Moderator: Stephen Erlewine


Stephen Thomas Erlewine

Stephen Thomas Erlewine is a Senior Editor of Pop Music at Tivo, whose database of music information is licensed throughout the Internet and can be accessed at Allmusic.com. While at Tivo/Allmusic, he's written thousands of record reviews and biographies. He's also contributed t... Read More →

Emily Mackay

Emily Mackay is a freelance writer and copy editor based in Southend-on-Sea in the UK, though she originally hails from northern Scotland. She was previously reviews editor at NME, and her reviews and features have also appeared in The Guardian, The Observer, The Independent, the Quietus and more. In 2017, she published her first book, for Bloomsbury’s 33 ⅓ series, about one of her greatest loves, Björk’s 1997 album Homogenic."From ingenue to strap-on dildo: Björk’s adventures in gender"“Men are allowed to be characters,” Björk said in 1997. “The funny guy, the sexy guy, the caring guy, the professor… but women are just supposed to be ‘female’.”This presentation will explore how Björk’s creation of her own “characters”, figures representing each song and album, allowed her to slip the constraints of gender norms.I’ll explain why and how we move, in Björk’s work, from the versions of a young woman we recognise as Björk on the sleeves of... Read More →
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Ned Raggett

Ned Raggett can’t believe his good fortune at being able to walk to work each weekday in San Francisco instead of needing to take a bus. When not pondering his library duties and bemusing others with a tendency to explain Tolkien minutiae in detail -- usually unprompted -- he w... Read More →
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Rob Sheffield

Rob Sheffield is the author of Dreaming The Beatles: The Love Story of One Band and the Whole World (Dey Street, 2017). His books include On Bowie, Turn Around Bright Eyes: The Rituals of Love and Karaoke, Talking To Girls About Duran Duran and Love Is A Mix Tape. He writes for R... Read More →

Friday April 27, 2018 5:45pm - 7:15pm
JBL Theater MoPOP, 325 5th Avenue N, Seattle, WA 98109

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