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February 2019

Ashes to Ashes: Chris O’Leary and Billy Hough in conversation

February 21 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
McNally Jackson (Soho), 52 Prince Street
New York City, NY 10012 United States

Chris O'Leary's Ashes to Ashes covers every single Bowie song, whether it was sung, written, or produced by him, from 1976, when he first recorded with Iggy Pop on "The Idiot," to his last masterpiece "Blackstar," released just days before his death in 2016. Each song is annotated in depth and explored in essays that touch upon the song's creation, production, influences and impact. It hits everything from "Heroes" to the Labyrinth soundtrack, from his 1985 camp duet with Mick

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Decolonial Daughter: Lesley-Ann Brown

February 22 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Bluestockings, 172 Allen Street
New York, New York 10002 United States
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Decolonial Daughter explores motherhood, migration, identity, nationhood and how it relates to land, imprisonment, and genocide for Black and Indigenous peoples. What treasures lie beneath the surface of our understanding of our past, that shape who we are today? What powerful stories guide our existence and understanding of the past? Through our exploration and acceptance of other perspectives, can we begin to pave the way towards liberation in hopes of understanding who we truly are?

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Ashes to Ashes: Chris O’Leary and Rob Sheffield in conversation

February 25 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Rough Trade NYC, 64 North 9th Street
New York, New York 11249
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From the ultimate David Bowie expert comes this exploration of the final four decades of the popstar’s musical career, covering every song he wrote, performed or produced from 1976 to 2016. Starting with "Low", the first of Bowie’s Berlin albums, and finishing with "Blackstar", his final masterpiece released just days before his death in 2016, each song is annotated in depth and explored in essays that touch upon the song’s creation, production, influences and impact. Chris O’Leary is a writer

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Regeneration Songs: Sounds of Investment and Loss from Newham

February 27 @ 7:00 pm
Stratford Library, 3 The Grove,
London, E15 1EL United Kingdom

Alberto Duman, Dan Hancox, Malcolm James and Anna Minton, the editors of Regeneration Songs: Sounds of Investment and Loss from East London(Repeater Books, 2018) will discuss their new book, which was born out of critical engagement with regeneration strategy in Newham. They'll speak about how places are turned into simple stories for packaged investment opportunities, how people living in those places relate to those stories, and how music and art can render those stories in many different ways. Please arrive ten

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March 2019

Dead Precedents: Roy Christopher at SXSW

March 13 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
SXSW festival Austin, TX United States + Google Map

Dead Precedents: How Hip-hop Defines the Future uses the concerns and conceits of cyberpunk literature to thoughtfully remap hip-hop’s spread from around the way to around the world. Its central argument is that the cultural practices of hip-hop culture are the blueprint to the 21st century, and that an understanding of its appropriation of language and technology is an understanding of the now. Emerging alongside cyberpunk in the 1980s, the hallmarks of hip-hop — allusion, self-reference, the use of new

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Chris O’Leary & Bob Stanley in conversation

March 14 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Rough Trade East, Old Truman Brewery 91
London, E1 6QL United Kingdom

Join author Chris O’Leary and Bob Stanley to discuss the life, work, and legacy of David Bowie at the London launch of O’Leary’s new book: Ashes to Ashes. Ashes to Ashes As we pass the third anniversary of the death of one of the world’s most influential musicians, it’s time to take a closer look at his work — song by song. David Bowie’s restless creativity captured the imagination of generations. Blackstar, the album released two days before his death,

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Ashes to Ashes: Chris O’Leary & Owen Hatherley

March 16 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
International Anthony Burgess Foundation, 3 Cambridge St
Manchester, M1 5BY United Kingdom

Join author Chris O’Leary and Owen Hatherley to discuss all things Bowie at the Manchester launch of O’Leary’s new book: Ashes to Ashes (Repeater Books).   Ashes to Ashes As we pass the third anniversary of the death of one of the world’s most influential musicians, it’s time to take a closer look at his work — song by song. David Bowie’s restless creativity captured the imagination of generations. Blackstar, the album released two days before his death, became fifth best-selling

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Dead Precedents: LAUNCH PARTY

March 16 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Volumes Bookcafe, 1474 N. Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, 60622 United States
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Join us to celebrate the launch of Roy Christopher's Dead Precedents: How Hip-Hop Defines the Future. Praise for Dead Precedents: “It’s exciting to be quoted so close to the beginning of a book with so much energy and passion in it… a lively screed.” — Samuel R. Delany, author of Dhalgren “Hip-hop has been around for well over forty years now, and in many ways, it has been absorbed into mainstream culture. Roy Christopher argues, however, that its radical practices still

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Dead Precedents: Roy Christopher and Ytasha Womack in conversation

March 20 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
The Seminary Co-op Bookstores, 5751 S Woodlawn Ave
Chicago, IL 60637 United States
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“An intellectual hornet’s nest, buzzing with ideas. The canon of hip-hop crit welcomes a bold new entry, calculated to blow the doors off the usual moribund academic fare. Theory finds its own uses for things.”—Mark Dery, author of I Must Not Think Bad Thoughts Roy Christopher discusses Dead Precedents: How Hip-Hop Defines the Future. A Q&A and signing will follow the discussion. About the book: In Dead Precedents: How Hip-Hop Defines the Future Roy Christopher traces the story of how hip-hop

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May 2019

Justify My Love: Ryann Donnelly in LA

May 14 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Stories Books & Cafe, City: 1716 W Sunset BLVD
Los Angeles, CA 90026 United States
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In Justify My Love, Ryann Donnelly explores sex and gender in one of the most widely consumed art forms of our age — the music video. Through an autobiographical reckoning with the author’s life in a band and collaboration with past lovers, and a close analysis of the erotic iconography of music videos, Justify My Love tells the subversive history of this medium, from the inception of MTV in 1981 through to the 2010s. Covering everything from Lady Gaga and

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