The 2021 Pop Convergence: A Virtual Pop Conference, April 22-25th
Artwork by Alex Nero; Design by The Art Dictator
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Friday, April 23 • 12:45pm - 1:00pm
Bonus Beats 2

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For our breaks between the daytime sessions, members of our Programming Committee volunteered to curate/create short bits of "bonus beats" content.

For this break, we have music scholar and musician, Charlie McGovern performing a pair of songs, "I Count the Tears" and "I'm Pulling Through."

RJ Smith helped pull this together and he shares why: "I met Charlie McGovern at a long past Pop Conference, and have seen him at many since. I only knew him through the annual event, until the last year or two. The uncertainty, the president, the guns and the lockdown, all brought him out in a new way on social media. I knew he could play, but this has been special. What he plays has been a crucial part of it—when spirits dipped especially low, he came through with a soul song, a lament, a ray of light. He’s been that in the moment."


Charles McGovern

American Studies and History, William and Mary
Charlie McGovern teaches American culture, capitalism, and popular music in at William & Mary. He is writing Body and Soul: Race, Citizenship and Belonging in American Popular Music,and wroteSold American: Consumption and Citizenship, 1890-1945(UNC Press). He brought the complete... Read More →

Friday April 23, 2021 12:45pm - 1:00pm PDT
Both Room A+B