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March 2019

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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Mark Fisher and K-Punk: Pop, Publishing and Politics

March 21 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Foyles, 107 Charing Cross Rd
London, WC2H 0DT
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On Thursday, March 21, join Darren Ambrose, Andy Beckett, Tariq Goddard, and Lynsey Hanley at Foyles to discuss and celebrate the work of Mark Fisher. When we lost Mark Fisher in 2017, we lost one of our most exciting and vital critics of contemporary politics and culture. Providing lucid and excoriating critiques on subjects ranging from Dido to Drake; The Fall to James Blake; Breaking Bad to Benefits Street, he was moved by the emancipatory potentialities of popular culture. In

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May 2019

Justify My Love: Ryann Donnelly in San Francisco

May 13 @ 7:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Green Apple Books on the Park, 1231 9th Avenue at Lincoln
San Francisco, CA 94122 United States
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Join author and former Schoolyard Heroes lead singer Ryann Donnelly at Green Apple Books on the Park to discuss her book Justify My Love: Sex, Subversion, and Music Video. 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

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Justify My Love: Ryann Donnelly in conversation with Joshua Conkel

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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Justify My Love: Ryann Donnelly and Christopher Frizzelle in conversation

May 15 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Elliot Bay Bookstore, 1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122 United States
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Join author and former Schoolyard Heroes singer Ryann Donnelly in discussion with Christopher Frizzelle, editor of The Stranger. 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

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Justify My Love: Ryann Donnelly in Olympia, WA

May 16 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Orca Books, 509 E. 4th Ave.
Olympia, WA 98501 United States
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Join Ryann Donnelly, author of Justify My Love: Sex, Subversion, and Music Video, at Olympia's largest independent bookstore, Orca Books. 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

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Dead Precedents: Roy Christopher at Powell’s

May 16 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Powell’s City of Books, 1005 W Burnside St
Portland, WA 97209 United States
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In Dead Precedents, Roy Christopher traces the story of how hip-hop invented the twenty-first century. Emerging alongside cyberpunk in the 1980s, the hallmarks of hip-hop — allusion, self-reference, the use of new technologies, sampling, the cutting and splicing of language and sound — would come to define the culture of the new millennium. Taking in the ground-breaking work of DJs and MCs, alongside writers like Dick and Gibson, as well as graffiti and DIY culture, Dead Precedents is a counter-cultural

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Justify My Love: Ryann Donnelly in Conversation with Nabil Ayers

May 21 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Rough Trade NYC, 64 North 9th Street
New York, New York 11249
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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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Dead Precedents: Roy Christopher and Charles Mudede in conversation

May 22 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Elliot Bay Bookstore, 1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122 United States
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Join author Roy Christopher and Charles Mudede from The Stranger in conversation at Elliot Bay Bookstore in Seattle. In Dead Precedents, Roy Christopher traces the story of how hip-hop invented the twenty-first century. Emerging alongside cyberpunk in the 1980s, the hallmarks of hip-hop — allusion, self-reference, the use of new technologies, sampling, the cutting and splicing of language and sound — would come to define the culture of the new millennium. Taking in the ground-breaking work of DJs and MCs,

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