Perhaps the phrase that best describes the 21st century city is “constant evolution.” The diversity of arts, business, architecture, and people, the dynamism between city planning, politics and neighborhoods—these elements constantly shift and interact to make a city unique. Temple University Libraries will explore the many elements that comprise today’s city from a variety of perspectives: academics, authors, artists, citizens, planners, civic leaders, preservationists and more. At the center of this semester-long exploration will be a symposium with Temple’s General Education program, and a number of speakers, events and activities that explore the complex, contemporary city. Explore “the city” this spring at Temple University Libraries.
Welcome back to campus everyone! We’ve got a really exciting fall schedule to share. Check out all our programs, RSVP on facebook, and share with your friends:
- Philadelphia Sound and Vision, Sept. 13, 7:30 PM, the Piazza at Schmidts Temple University Libraries, Urban Archives presents a look at hidden stories of music and sound in Philadelphia, featuring Sun Ra, David Bowie, Kenn Kweder and other musicians in the City of Brotherly Love. All footage is from the Urban Archives KYW and WPVI collections.
- WRTI’S Legendary Bob Perkins: A Conversation on Jazz, Sept. 29, 2:00 PM, Paley Library Lecture Hall This is BP with the GM! That’s legendary jazz broadcaster Bob Perkins (BP), bringing you the Great Music (GM) that is called jazz straight from Paley Library Lecture Hall this September. Talk with legendary radio broadcaster Bob Perkins and jazz musicians on the status of jazz music today. Is it alive and well? What affects the way jazz is produced, distributed and listened to today? That goes for both new music and classic jazz.
- Sara Marcus on Girl’s to the Front: The True Story of the Riot Grrrl Revolution, Oct. 6, 3:30 PM, Paley Library Lecture Hall Author Sara Marcus discusses researching and writing her extraordinary Girls to the Front, the first-ever published history of the seminal 1990s Riot Grrrl movement. She will address the culture, the music, and the art that have made an indelible impact on music and feminism today, the personalities that brought this movement to the forefront, and how the Riot Grrrl story lives on. The past few years have seen a resurgence of interest in Riot Grrrl, and a renewed appreciation for the music, art, and politics of this vibrant feminist subculture.
- My Soul’s Been Psychedelicized–Larry Magid of the Electric Factory in Conversation with WRTI’s Jim Cotter, Oct. 12, 5:30 PM, Paley Library Lecture Hall Join WRTI’s Jim Cotter in Conversation with Larry Magid, one of the founders of Philly music-scene fixture, the Electric Factory and Electric Factory Concerts. A pioneer in the concert industry and a fixture on the Philadelphia concert scene for more than forty years, Larry Magid opened the Electric Factory in February 1968 with a show featuring the Chamber Brothers, who declared, “My soul’s been psychedelicized!” He has produced more than 15,000 concerts, orchestrated such Philadelphia milestones as Live Aid in 1985 and Live 8 in 2005, won two Tony Awards, and produced Billy Crystal’s 700 Sundays—the largest grossing non-musical in Broadway history. At Paley Library, Magid will share the most memorable moments from his over four decades in the music business in conversation with WRTI’s Jim Cotter. After the program, he will sign copies My Soul’s Been Psychedelicized, a spectacular photographic history of the acts that have performed at the Factory and in Factory-produced concerts. The book includes concert posters, photographs, and promotional items featuring both rising stars and established performers, such as Pink Floyd, Jimi Hendrix, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Bette Midler, Elvis Presley, Tina Turner, Pearl Jam and many, many more.
- Andrew Earles on Writing Music– the Author of Husker Dü: The Story of the Noise Punk Pioneers Who Launched Modern Rock Speaks, October 20, 5:30 PM, Paley Library Lecture Hall Andrew Earles writes, speaks about, and promotes music nearly everywhere you turn. From his just-published book, Husker Dü: The Story of the Noise Punk Pioneers Who Launched Modern Rock, to his frequent appearances on WFMU’s The Best Show, to his writing in blogs, newspapers, magazines and zines from Tennessee’s The Memphis Flyer to ubiquitous hipster tattler Vice, Earles has a unique voice as critic, humorist and writer.
- Music for the People, By the People, Oct. 28, 2:00 PM, Paley Library Lecture Hall The music of the mummers, jazz, and gospel have this in common: all three are original, American musical forms created, celebrated, and listened to in Philadelphia. Join Patricia Anne Masters of George Mason University, Carol Muller of the University of Pennsylvania and Diane Turner of Temple’s Charles L. Blockson Afro-American Collection in a program that celebrates the diversity of Philadelphia music and the creation of unique musical cultures around Mummers Day, jazz, and West Philadelphia gospel.
- Rock and Roll with Barrelhouse Literary Magazine, November 3, 3:30 PM, Paley Library Lecture Hall Philly-area authors read rock and rolling stories, essays, and poems about growing Bob Dylan’s beard, the unromantic side of sex, touring with Nick Cave, and the middle-aged tepid glory of Night Ranger. Barrelhouse Literary Magazine presents short readings on Rock & Roll, engaging the audience while embracing the attitude. Barrelhouse is a biannual print journal that bridges the gap between serious art and pop culture and features fiction, poetry, interviews, and essays about music, art, and the detritus of popular culture. Stories originally published in Barrelhouse have been featured in the Best American Nonrequired Reading, Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy, and the Million Writer’s Award.
- On Music Journalism: The Founding Editors of JUMP: The Philly Music Project; Decibel, the Nation’s only Monthly Metal Magazine; Cowbell and Grid Magazines Tell All Followed by JUMP Release Party Featuring Local Bands, including Violet Turning Violet November 16, 3:30-5:00 PM—Panel 5:00-7:00 PM—JUMP Release Party Paley Library Lecture Hall What does it take to publish successful music writing today? How do you follow the music scene in the age of basement shows, myspace and internet memes? Where do you begin to gain access to bands, and what is the value of publishing print magazines in an information universe of blogs, tumblrs and youtube? The founders and editors of some of today’s most influential and interesting music journalism projects will answer these questions, and more, at Paley Library. George Miller founded JUMP: The Philly Music Project, a magazine dedicated to music makers of all genres who hail from and create music exclusively in the City of Brotherly Love. Alex Mulcahy has launched Grid, Decibel and Cowbell magazines. Grid has a Philly cult following, and reports on culture, sustainability and the environment. Mulchay’s Decibel is the nation’s only monthly metal magazine. Cowbell is his latest venture in music publishing. After the panel stay for the launch of JUMP’s November issue, a reception featuring local musicians including Violet Turning Violet. (www.myspace.com/turningvioletviolet) More musical entertainment will be booked.