Conversation – September 10 at 3:00 p.m. PT
Event Runs September 9-10, 16-17, and 23-24
Complete program details can be found at www.MoPOP.org/PopCon
To kick off “Forever Young: Popular Music and Youth Across the Ages”—this year’s special virtual version of Museum of Pop Culture’s Pop Conference 2020, spanning three consecutive weeks—MoPOP today announced that the Conference keynote conversation would feature seven-time GRAMMY® Award-winning singer/songwriter Alanis Morissette. MoPOP’s annual Pop Conference, first held in 2002, mixes together ambitious music discourse of every kind to bring academics, critics, musicians, and dedicated fans into a collective conversation. This year’s conference was delayed this past spring due to the on-going global health crisis, but returns this month as a purely digital format. Pop Con 2020 gets underway on Wednesday, September 9 with a number of dynamic panel discussions on topics ranging from “The Platforms of Youth: Meme-ing, Marketing & Streaming” and “Rebel Girls & Grown Women” to “¡Todas! Means All!: The past, present, and futures of Todas Las Edades/All-Ages spaces in Latinxs communities” and “No Place Like Homo: Queer Transformations in Youth.”
On Thursday, September 10 at 3:00 p.m. PT, moderator Ann Powers (writer, author, NPR music) will be joined by Alanis Morrissette for a freewheeling and candid conversation about the connections between music and nostalgia, youth, wisdom and freedom in a historic year marked by profound inequality and urgent activism. This conversation will be presented in conjunction with NPR Music, supported by Critical Minded, with the keynote produced by Jason King.
“This year’s Pop Conference is an exploration and celebration of youth across generations, locations, and disparate contexts; listening with intensity to what is behind the urgent call we’ve heard from multiple artists to remain ‘forever young,’” said MoPOP Manager of Public Engagement Robert Rutherford. “There is no pop music without youth, and no youth without pop music.” Thanks to the generous support of Critical Minded, all Pop Con programming is free of charge but advance registration is required.