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Listen Again: A Momentary History of Pop Music


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Arguing that pop music turns on moments rather than movements, the essays in Listen Again pinpoint magic moments from a century of pop eclecticism, looking at artists who fall between genre lines, songs that sponge up influences from everywhere, and studio accidents with unforeseen consequences. Listen Again collects some of the finest presentations from the celebrated Experience Music Project Pop Conference, where journalists, musicians, academics, and other culturemongers come together once each year to stretch the boundaries of pop music culture, criticism, and scholarship.

Building a history of pop music out of unexpected instances, critics and musicians delve into topics from the early-twentieth-century black performer Bert Williams's use of blackface, to the invention of the Delta blues category by a forgotten record collector named James McKune, to an ER cast member's performance as the Germs' front man Darby Crash at a Germs reunion show. Cuban music historian Ned Sublette zeroes in on the signature riff of the garage-band staple "Louie, Louie." David Thomas of the pioneering punk band Pere Ubu honors one of his forebears: Ghoulardi, a late-night monster-movie host on Cleveland-area TV in the 1960s. Benjamin Melendez discusses playing in a band, the Ghetto Brothers, that Latinized the Beatles, while leading a South Bronx gang, also called the Ghetto Brothers. Michaelangelo Matos traces the lineage of the hip-hop sample "Apache" to a Burt Lancaster film. Whether reflecting on the ringing freedom of an E chord or the significance of Bill Tate, who performed once in 1981 as Buddy Holocaust and was never heard from again, the essays reveal why Robert Christgau, a founder of rock criticism, has called the EMP Pop Conference "the best thing that’s ever happened to serious consideration of pop music."

Contributors: David Brackett, Franklin Bruno, Daphne Carr, Henry Chalfant, Jeff Chang, Drew Daniel, Robert Fink, Holly George-Warren, Lavinia Greenlaw, Marybeth Hamilton, Jason King, Josh Kun, W. T. Lhamon, Jr., Greil Marcus, Michaelangelo Matos, Benjamin Melendez, Mark Anthony Neal, Ned Sublette, David Thomas, Steve Waksman, Eric Weisbard.


"The EMP papers are a text radio, spilling out evidence of so many strange brilliant forays into the starry night of our common culture. Here's where my American history — and yours — goes to find itself." Jonathan Lethem, author of You Don't Love Me Yet


Collection of essays on the history of pop music.

About the Author

Eric Weisbard is the organizer of the annual Experience Music Project Pop Conference. He was curator and senior manager of the Experience Music Project from 2001 until 2005. Before that, he worked as an editor and contributing writer at Spin and The Village Voice. He is the author of Use Your Illusion I and II and the editor of This Is Pop: In Search of the Elusive at Experience Music Project and the Spin Alternative Record Guide.

Table of Contents

Introduction / Eric Wesibard 1

1. Whittling on Dynamite: The Difference Bert Williams Makes / W.T. Lhamon, Jr. 7

2. Searching for the Blues: James McKune, Collectors, and a Different Crossroads / Marybeth Hamilton 26

3. Abie the Fishman: On Masks, Birthmarks, and Hunchbacks / Josh Kun 50

4. The Kingsmen and the Cha-Cha-Cha / Ned Sublette 69

5. Ghoulardi: Lessons in Mayhem from the First Age of Punk / David Thomas 95

6. Magic Moments, the Ghost of Folk-Rock, and the Ring of E Major / David Brackett 103

7. Mystery Girl: The Forgotten Artistry of Bobbie Gentry / Holly George-Warren 120

8. andldquo;Is That All There Is?andrdquo; and the Uses of Disenchantment / Franklin Bruno 137

9. Ghetto Brother Power: The Bronx Gangs, the Beatles, the Aguinaldo, and Pre-history of Hip-Hop / Benjamin Melendez, as told to Henry Chalfant and Jeff Chang 150

10. Grand Funk Live! Staging Rock in the Age of the Arena / Steve Waksman 157

11. The Sound of Velvet Melting: The Power of andldquo;Vibeandrdquo; in the Music of Roberta Flack / Jason King 172

12. All Roads Lead to andldquo;Apacheandrdquo; / Michaelangelo Matos 200

13. On Punk Rock and Not Being a Girl / Lavinia Greenlaw 210

14. The Buddy Holocaust Story: A Necromusicology / Eric Weisbard 219

15. ORCH5, or the Classical Ghost in the Hip-Hop Machine / Robert Fink 231

16. White Chocolate Soul: Teena Marie and Lewis Taylor / Marc Anthony Neal 256

17. Dancing, Democracy, and Kitsch: Polandandrsquo;s Disco Polo / Daphne Carr 272

18. How to Act Like Darby Crash / Drew Daniel 286

19. Death Letters / Greil Marcus 296

Acknowledgments 307

Contributors 309

Index 313

Product Details

Weisbard, Eric
Duke University Press
Kun, Josh
Lhamon, W. T., Jr.
Hamilton, Marybeth
Sublette, Ned
History and criticism
Popular music
Genres & Styles - Pop Vocal
History & Criticism - General
Popular music -- History and criticism.
History & Criticism *
Music-Popular Performers
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