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 studies and History at William and Mary in Williamsburg, VA. He wrote Sold American Consumption and Citizenship in American Life, 1890-1945, and he co-founded the Duke University Press series Refiguring American Music. He’s working on a book on... Read More →

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