Pop Con 2020 Presents: Deconstructing Little Richard
The Museum of Pop Culture's annual Pop Conference, first held in 2002, mixes together ambitious music discourse of every kind to bring academics, critics, musicians, and dedicated fans into a collective conversation. Pop Con 2020 is being reimagined as an online conference to be held in September 2020 (exact dates and times to be announced). Leading up to the virtual event this fall MoPOP will host a series of teaser events. The third teaser event, Deconstructing Little Richard, takes place at 4 p.m. PT on Thursday, July 16.
A free online teach-in event about the originator, emancipator and architect of rock ‘n roll Little Richard, who passed away in May, helped pioneer rock music in the 1950s, riding high on gospel-influenced musicianship and black queer fabulosity. Throughout his seven-decade career, he confronted industry exploitation and racism, and he transformed gender expression in popular culture. Join musicians, scholars, DJs and writers for a discussion event about the self-appointed originator, emancipator, and architect of Rock ‘n Roll.
- Ian Isiah, recording artist
- Nona Hendryx, singer, songwriter, producer
- Alisha Lola Jones, assistant professor, Indiana University Bloomington
- Jason King, professor, musician, New York University
- Uri McMillan, associate professor, UCLA
- Madison Moore, artist-scholar, assistant professor, Virginia Commonwealth University
- Tavia Nyong’o, professor, Yale University
- Zandria Robinson, associate professor, Georgetown University
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