Red Wheelbarrow: The Podcast and the new issue of Botticelli are online! Check them out here. Things, as you know, got weird this spring. But over at CCAD we managed to get through it, buoyed as always by our incredible students. Usually there’s a year-end show called CHROMA, a big to-do, campus-wide. And usually our […]
The special issue of Black Magnolias dedicated to Prince is here, live and alive, and you should read it and buy it if you can. My essay, “How the Exodus Began: Prince and the Black Working Class Imagination,” is ridiculously long and I’m grateful to editor C. Liegh McInnis for believing that all those words […]
I moved from Cleveland to Columbus in 2002 for grad school…and to play music. I’d always felt more kinship to the musicians I knew down here, many of them transplants from nearby Delaware, than the folks I knew up north. The Cleveland “scene,” for bands at least, was dominated by industrial and metal; down here, […]
The majority of this site is in place, finally. I’ll be redirecting my Nothing Has Been Done Before site here; it doesn’t make any sense to keep two websites going with so many overlapping purposes and resources. All of the book resources have been transferred here. I hope to get more photos and music uploaded […]
My new new column is up at PopMatters: “Kanye West: The Iconoclast Gives In.” Go there now! So, yeah, the essay is about exactly what you think it’s about: how newness has led Kanye astray. (That’s what you were expecting, right?) Unfortunately it’s not exactly an artistic newness, which is why it’s taken him into […]
Um, been a while. That means I’ve been busy. Updates are best found at the website for my book, Nothing Has Been Done Before. Here are a couple of direct links, though: Review of Nothing Has Been Done Before at PopMatters. An expanded version of the talk I gave this past week at the Prince […]
I’ll be presenting a paper titled “Prince and the Event” at the Prince from Minneapolis conference this week. If you happen to be there, I hope we run into each other. Look me up on Twitter. My talk builds off of the chapter about Prince in Nothing Has Been Done Before but takes a little […]
Pleased as punch to be reading at CCAD next week with my colleagues Janet Beard and Anna Soter, who also have new books out. Free to the public! Hope to see you there. Here’s a link to the Facebook event page.
Nothing Has Been Done Before reviewed at PopMatters. Grateful for such a thoughtful review of the book!
I’m looking forward to this event coming up Thursday Feb. 15 in which I get to not only discuss Afrofuturism and pop music’s political resistance, but I get to do so with Sharon Udoh of the terrific local band Counterfeit Madison. “Listening To: Pop Resistance” will be an informal listening event featuring plenty of music […]