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Cultural Critic Kevin Dettmar and Pop Music Scholar Eric Weisbard

John Bailey speaks with literary, music, and cultural critic Kevin Dettmar, and Mark Chilla interviews pop music writer Eric Weisbard.

Kevin Dettmar in a red and blue checked shirt; Eric Weisbard in solid gray shirt worn over a black T-shirt. Both men wear horn-rimmed classes.

Photo: Adam Schwartz (Dettmar) and James Gray (Weisbard)

Kevin Dettmar (left) and Eric Weisbard

There’s something still vital and valid about driving with the radio on [with] a hit playing, and the world is a sea of possibility. – Eric Weisbard

In the first half-hour, John Bailey interviews Kevin Dettmar, professor of English at Pomona College. His research and teaching encompasses British and Irish modernism and contemporary popular music. A literary, music, and cultural critic, Dettmar has written for academic anthologies as well as publications such as The Atlantic Monthly. He is the co-editor for Oxford University Press book series Modernist Literature & Culture.

Next, Mark Chilla speaks with Eric Weisbard, a former music editor at The Village Voice who has been writing about music since 1989. Weisbard was a senior writer at Spin for ten years and edited the Spin Alternative Record Guide. He founded the Experience Music Project Pop Conference, a gathering of music writers. His latest book is Top 40 Democracy: The Rival Mainstreams of American Music. (repeat)

 

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