AMS / Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum Lecture Series
The American Musicological Society and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum (RRHOFM) in Cleveland, Ohio, are collaborating on a new lecture series that brings scholarly work to a broader audience and showcases the musicological work of the top scholars in the field.
- 15 May 2017, 7 p.m.: Daniel Goldmark (Case Western Reserve University): "Anthologizing Rock and Roll: Rhino Records and the Repackaging of Rock History"
Goldmark describes his lecture as follows: "During their twentythree year existence as an independent record label, Rhino Records helped to define an approach to selling music that became standard practice in the music business: the repackaging of preexisting songs into novel and often historydefying formats such as artist compilations, historical reissues, and especially the deluxe boxed set. In this presentation I investigate Rhino’s place as the preeminent reissue label in the record industry, evidenced by the clear influence they had on how other major labels conceived and packaged their own music. Rhino originally focused on novelty artists, but became known for their retrospective anthologies and boxed sets. Through a series of distribution deals with Capitol, Roulette, and finally Atlantic Records, Rhino solidified their position as industry leader for reissues by combining thoughtful and wide-ranging track lists with a humorous and often irreverent take on music and pop culture. In the process of creating unique boxed sets popular with both consumers and critics, Rhino also contributed to the burgeoning crystallization of the rock history canon. Informed in part by my own experience as an editor and compilation producer at Rhino in the late 1990s, I will show that Rhino excelled in giving music fans collections of familiar hits in engaging formats along with genre-bending compilations, while also giving the music industry more and more reasons to revisit their back catalogs for lost or forgotten tracks to remaster and rerelease."
Daniel Goldmark is Professor of Music and Director of the Center for Popular Music Studies at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland. He is the series editor of the Oxford Music/ Media Series, and is the author and/or editor of several books on animation, film, and music, including Tunes for ‘Toons: Music and the Hollywood Cartoon (California, 2005)
- Fall 2017 (date TBA): Tammy Kernodle (Miami University of Ohio): "Hope for a New Tomorrow: Transcendence and Resistance in the Gospel Blues of Nina Simone, Aretha Franklin, Mavis Staples and Roberta Flack"
- Spring 2018 (date TBA): Joshua S. Duchan (Wayne State University): "Billy Joel and the American Musical Landscape"
Call for Lecture Proposals
Follow this link for full instructions if you are interested in participating in the AMS/RRHOFM Lecture Series. The next deadline is 16 January 2018 .
Steven Baur (Dalhousie University), fall 2016: “Toward a Cultural History of the Backbeat”
Jacqueline Warwick (Dalhousie University), spring 2016: “Dad Rock and Child Stars”
Stephanie Vander Wel (University at Buffalo (SUNY)), fall 2015: "Rose Maddox’s Roadhouse Vocality and the California Sound of 1950s Rockabilly and Honky-Tonk"
Mark Clague (University of Michigan), spring 2015: "'This Is America': Jimi Hendrix’s Reimaginings of the 'The Star-Spangled Banner' as Social Comment for Woodstock and Beyond"
Samantha Bennett (Australian National University), fall 2014: "Rock, Recording and Rebellion: Technology and Process in 1990s Record Production"
Christopher Doll (Rutgers University), spring 2014: "Nuclear Holocaust, the Kennedy Assassination, and 'Louie Louie': The Unlikely History of Sixties Rock and Roll"
Loren Kajikawa (University of Oregon), September 2013: "Before Rap: DJs, MCs, and Pre-1979 Hip Hop Performances"
Andrew Flory (Carleton College), December 2012: "Reissuing Marvin: Musicology and the Modern Expanded Edition"
David Brackett (McGill University), April 2012: "Fox-Trots, Hillbillies, and the Classic Blues: Categorizing Popular Music in the 1920s"
Albin Zak (University at Albany, SUNY), October 2011: "'A Thoroughly Bad Record': Elvis Presley’s 'Hound Dog' as Rock and Roll Manifesto"