Pop Life: Cultural Influences of Media

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Sat. March 25, 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

UVa Bookstore

400 Emmet Street S, Charlottesville, VA 22903

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Camilla Fojas (Zombies, Migrants, and Queers), Glenn Frankel (High Noon), and Jack Hamilton (Just Around Midnight) discuss different elements of pop culture and how they help define social and political beliefs.

Why Should You Attend?

“An exciting book, quite probably Fojas’s most important work to date. It is timely, edgy, well-researched, impassioned. In it, Fojas analyzes journalism, memoirs, literature, photography, art, film, TV, music, economics, history, all in relation to ‘popular culture.'”—Christine Holmlund, editor of The Ultimate Stallone Reader

“Besides the macro picture of Hollywood in its darkest era, Frankel is excellent at capturing the micro aspects as well, fascinatingly weaving in multiple and competing accounts of how the film was pieced together in the editing room… A comprehensive guide to both a classic film and the era that created it.”—Kirkus Reviews

“From Little Richard and Chuck Berry to the Dominoes, Ike Turner, and Howlin’ Wolf, rock and roll’s founding figures were African American, yet ‘rock’ as we know and hear it now is coded white… In some of his sharpest passages, Hamilton shows how much rockism’s whiteness depended on [the] confining ideas of blackness… He contributes a new and valuable piece to a larger and still contentious project: the struggle against the essentialization of racial and ethnic identity.”—Colin Vanderburg, Los Angeles Review of Books