Punk Ethnography

February 11, 2017

Saturday, February 11th
at Corbett vs. Dempsey
This event is free and open to the public

Corbett vs. Dempsey is pleased to present a celebration of the new essay collection, “Punk Ethnography: Artists and Scholars Listen to Sublime Frequencies.” Presenters will read from the book, play musical excerpts, and discuss larger issues around Sublime Frequencies, the radical, DIY record label that has challenged and transformed the category of “world music.”

Panel program

1. Introduction to Corbett vs. Dempsey :: John Corbett

2. Moderator’s Introduction :: Aaron Cohen

3. Intro to “Punk Ethnography” :: E. Tammy Kim

4. Sub- and Ultra-Frequencies: Sun City Girls and Sublime Frequencies :: Travis Jackson

5. On Omar Souleyman’s Ascent to Stardom :: Shayna Silverstein

6. Sublime Frequencies across the West African Sahel :: Michael Veal

7. “Radio Pyongyang” & North Korean pop :: E. Tammy Kim

8. Out-tro :: Michael Veal

9. Audience Q&A :: moderated by Aaron Cohen

10. Listening Reception

Presenter Biographies

E. Tammy Kim (co-editor) is a writer and a member of “The New Yorker”‘s editorial staff. She previously worked as a staff writer at Al Jazeera America and, before that, as a social justice lawyer.

Michael E. Veal (co-editor) is a musician and a professor of ethnomusicology at Yale University. He is the author of several books, including “Fela: The Life and Times of an African Musical Icon” and “Dub: Soundscapes and Shattered Songs in Jamaican Reggae.”

Aaron Cohen is the author of “Aretha Franklin’s ‘Amazing Grace'” and is currently writing “Move On Up: Chicago Soul Music and Black Cultural Power.” He is a regular contributor to the Chicago Tribune, DownBeat and ToneAudio and is a two-time recipient of the ASCAP Deems Taylor Award.

Travis A. Jackson is Associate Professor of Music at the University of Chicago and the author of Blowin’ the Blues Away: Performance and Meaning on the New York Jazz Scene. He is currently working on a book on UK post-punk music and graphic design.

Shayna Silverstein is an assistant professor of performance studies at Northwestern University. She is currently writing a book about popular culture in prewar Syria.