The 2021 Pop Convergence: A Virtual Pop Conference, April 22-25th
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Friday, April 23 • 2:30pm - 3:45pm
ruins, rebellion, & resurgence (Room A: Sky Church)

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ruins, rebellion, & resurgence (Room A: Sky Church)

Stories of popular music and change are not limited to the stage. Transformations resulting from physical places, intellectual spaces, music business controls; and image, identity, and race politics have resulted in symbolic strike-backs with metamorphic results. This panel explores popular music stories of transition, including recent efforts to raze Detroit's United Sound Systems, 20th century punk rock youth culture in El Paso; 21st century fusing of country, visual media, and gender and sexuality; and a Billboard chart resurgence of 1960s and 1970s white pop stars in the 1980s.

The paper order will be: Gholz, Soto, Lopez, and Mumme.

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Holly Kruse

Professor of Communications, Rogers State University
Holly Kruse is Greg Kunz Chair in Communications and Professor of Communications at Rogers State University and researches communication technology, social formations, and social interaction. She is the author of the books Off-track and Online: The Networked Spaces of Horse Racing (MIT... Read More →

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Carleton S. Gholz

Founder & Executive Director Emeritus, Detroit Sound Conservancy
The Audacity of Groovesville: Don Davis and Detroit’s Black Music Industry After MotownOn May 16th, 1972, as Motown Records was preparing to move its headquarters from Michigan to California, musician, songwriter, record producer, Groovesville Music label owner, and Black Detroiter... Read More →
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Alfred Soto

Visiting Instructor, Florida International University
Revenge of the Boomers: How the Poppy Bush Interzone Created a Safe Space for Aging Rock BandsIf George H.W. Bush had been a pop song, he would’ve been The Beach Boys’ “Kokomo.” George Bush, after all, was the “Kokomo” of presidents: indistinct, often absurd; a substitute... Read More →
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Tara Lopez

Associate Professor of Sociology, Northern New Mexico College
“Chucotown Soundtrack:  1990s El Paso Punk Rock”Although derided as “a dusty bowl on the cusp of the U.S.-Mexican border,” El Paso, Texas has a deep-rooted cultural history that belies such flippant dismissals. In particular, at a crucial time of flux and transition between... Read More →

Lisa Pollock Mumme

"You know the tune so the words don't matter": Queer Country and Masculine PageantryRichard Dyer famously described John Wayne as an example of "straight camp." But the hypermasculine persona of the cowboy is and has been ripe for the queering. Very recent depictions of the queer... Read More →

Friday April 23, 2021 2:30pm - 3:45pm PDT
Room A: Sky Church