The USC CFR | Center for Feminist Research Working Group on
The Politics of Popular Music presents:Violence Girl and the Past, Present and Future of Queer/Punk Rage
Punk feminist, educator and author Alice Bag discusses her acclaimed memoir, *Violence Girl: East L.A. Rage to Hollywood Stage-A Chicana Punk Story,* with Raquel Gutierrez (performer, impresario, and author of “The Barber of East L.A.”), and Nikki Darling, (author and music writer, L.A. Weekly, The Los Angeles Times).
CFR’s New Directions in Feminist Research Seminar offers scholars an opportunity to work collectively on linked projects, while creating public events that engage the broader feminist community of faculty and students at USC. This year’s seminar is on “The Politics of Popular Music,” and explores pop—the catchy, crass, infectious mass idiom—that makes us dance, sing along, and purportedly abandon our cares. For generations, across national and regional boundaries, popular music has also functioned as a barometer of dissent; as a call to rebellion, action and revolution for the disenfranchised. Historically, popular music has not only scored, but also incited transformative movements like national revolutions, as well as feminist, civil rights, and queer rebellions. This seminar explores the full range of popular music’s political, aesthetic and affective incarnations, from its uses as a cultural imperialist medium, to its reclamation by communities for whom it may not be intended.
Karen Tongson, Director (English and Gender Studies, Dornsife)
Micha Cardenas (IMAP, School of Cinematic Arts)
Edwin Hill (Comparative Literature, Dornsife)
Kara Keeling (Critical Studies, School of Cinematic Arts; ASE, Dornsife)
Josh Kun (Communication, Annenberg; ASE, Dornsife)
Shana Redmond (ASE, Dornsife)
Mina Yang (Music, Thornton)