Category Archives: Scribes Sounding Off

Scribes Sounding Off: Time for the 2015 EMP Pop Con!

Yes, it’s about to occur again: The Experience Music Project’s Pop Conference, where the best minds of our music journalist generation melt into a whorl of theory, debate, fussy details, bold assertions, bizarre reveals, and loving feels. Papers are given by salty academics, biz workers, scribe-nerds, collecting heads, obsessive scholars, and even musicians themselves (whichRead more…

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Scribes Sounding Off: PM Press Takeover

It’s great to see that excellent, keenly questioning, perennially rebellious, truly inspiring, and high quality reading/viewing/listening materials keep being published and produced in this extremely DIY economy. Forged in the fires of pre-economic collapse in 2007, Oakland, CA-based PM Press is a focused cell of thought-provokers in various mediums with combined aeons of protesting, punkRead more…

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Scribes Sounding Off: Sex, Drugs, and Rock and Roll, Part 666

There are a whole of really good deep and fun reads out this fall. Some of it is about music and the madness that surrounds the lives that make it and enjoy it, some of it’s about people who work after hours in nightmarish conditions who have to find serenity through blood, or who followRead more…

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Scribes Sounding Off: EMP Pop Conference 2013 in Seattle!

The EMP Pop Conference is back in Seattle! On Saturday, April 20th, from 9AM to 5PM, at the Experience Music Project, a whole bunch of voices will be heard in debates, five minute talks, and excited dialogues about music, music culture, art, politics, and all the other fascinating subjects that get thoughtfully and passionately chattedRead more…

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Scribes Sounding Off: Richard Hell’s Dream… and Interview in Seattle 3/21

I Dreamed I Was A Very Clean Tramp is exactly the succulently-written, shit-talking, salty dog memoir you’d want from the man who dreamed and ignited punk. Richard Hell was a fun-loving little Kentucky cowboy as a kid, loving TV, growing up with peak period 60s Stones and Dylan LPs, dreaming of taking off from hisRead more…

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Scribes Sounding Off: Three Must-Own New Music and Pop Culture Books from Fantagraphics

The best collection of rock and roll comics of late recently premiered at the Emerald City Comic Convention in Seattle this past weekend, but won’t be available en masse from publisher Fantagraphics Books Inc. till May 17. Be sure to pre-order Peter Bagge’s Other Stuff soon though, because it is an electric, howlingly funny, bona-fideRead more…

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Scribes Sounding Off: Obsessions

Dissonant Divas in Chicana Music author Deborah R. Vargas is Associate Professor in the Department of Chicano/Latino Studies at the University of California, Irvine. She helped host a roundtable at the 2012 EMP Pop Conference for “Feminist and Queer Studies of Race in Sound.” That interactive panel focused on “how the material landscape of theRead more…

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Interview: Artist David Lasky on The Carter Family: Don’t Forget This Song

Interview by Mairead Case with Christopher Estey: The Carter Family: Don’t Forget This Song (Abrams ComicsArts) is a hardcover, beautifully-colored, long-form comic art biography about the first superstar family of country music (and inspiration on popular music in general), with an accompanying CD of rare radio sessions. David Lasky is the co-creator and illustrator of Don’tRead more…

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Scribes Sounding Off: Black Friday Book Round up

This is the age of the musician’s biography, even if publishing has been taking the same hard blows as the music business. People certainly aren’t reading any less (even if it’s on a screen in their lap), and due to the unholy depths of music fandom, recent tomes by the leader of The Who, NeilRead more…

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Scribes Sounding Off: Forming And Culminating (Indie-College Rock, Black Metal, ’77 Punk)

1982 had given punks a couple of years to realize that things were going to be rough for awhile. Jocks were starting to collect en masse in the slam pits of the cities, the prevailing trend was for once protest leaders to become prominent businessmen, and the major labels were no longer signing bands likeRead more…

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