The weekend of March 1-3, Nuts and Bolts Music had visited the 2013 US conference of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music, held at the University of Texas at Austin, where over a hundred members present papers on topics ranging wildly from Madonna to heavy metal in Pakistan. IASPM is interdisciplinary organization that fosters dialogue between a wide array of scholars – sociologists, anthropologists, musicologists, historians, etc. – dedicated to the study of popular music and musical culture.
NaB gets a history lesson about IASPM from Karl Hagstrom Miller, talks about “Big Pimpin” in the global south with Justin Burton, has a maaarvelous kiki with Chris Bowen, and asks why the study of popular music is important to Justin Patch and Petra Rivera-Rideau.
To find out more about IASPM visit their US website: www.iaspm-us.net
Music featured at the end: “Jack Palance” by Van Dyke Parks from the album Discover America.