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Unless otherwise noted, Visiting Artist lectures take place at 7 p.m. in the Frances and Armand Hammer Auditorium. Corcoran students and faculty attend free; $10 members, $12 public; pre-registration is encouraged.
Tuesday, March 5
Ian MacKaye—D.C. native, musician, producer, and co-founder of Dischord Records—became an important voice in the development and influence of D.C. hardcore music in the 1980s. A member of bands such as Minor Threat, Teen Idles, Embrace, Fugazi, and the Evens, MacKaye continues to make music. For over three decades, he has remained a strong advocate for maintaining an independent identity in the music business. MacKaye sits down with Pump Me Up curator Roger Gastman to discuss growing up in the capital, the culture and energy of the city in the 1980s, and the legacy of D.C.’s punk rock music scene.
Tuesday, April 23
Simon Reynolds is the author of seven books about music and pop culture, including Retromania: Pop Culture’s Addiction to Its Own Past (Faber & Faber, 2011), Rip It Up and Start Again: Postpunk 1978-84 (Faber & Faber, 2005), Energy Flash: A Journey Through Rave Music and Dance Culture, (reissued in updated form 2012 by Soft Skull; originally published in America as Generation Ecstasy: Into The World of Techno and Rave Culture, Little Brown 1998). He started his journalistic career in 1986 as a staff writer for the British weekly music paper Melody Maker and then went on to freelance for magazines including New York Times, Spin, Village Voice, Rolling Stone, Artforum, The Wire, The Guardian, The Observer, Slate, and Frieze. He maintains a number of blogs centered around the hub Blissblog http://blissout.blogspot.com/ . Born in London in 1963, he spent most of the 1990s and 2000s in New York, and currently lives in Los Angeles.
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