EVIE NAGY discusses her 33 1/3 book on DEVO'S FREEDOM OF CHOICE together with JAKE FOGELNEST

UPDATE: Due to a scheduling conflict, Gerald Casale will not be able to attend the event. Instead, Evie Nagy will be in conversation with Jake Fogelnest. 

Devo's Freedom of Choice (Bloomsbury)

Part of Bloomsbury's 33 1/3 series, Evie Nagy presents her book on Devo's Freedom of Choice. 

Finally, after all that waiting, The Future arrived in 1980. Ohio art-rockers Devo had plainly prepared with their 1979 second LP Duty Now for the Future, and now it was go time. Propelled by the new decade's high-tech, free-market promise, 1980's Freedom of Choice would rocket what Devo co-founder Gerald Casale calls his "alternate universe, hermetically sealed, alien band" both into the arms of the Earthlings and back to their home planet in one scenic trip. Before an artistic and commercial decline that resulted in a 20-year gap between Devo's last two studio records, Freedom of Choice made them insurgent superstars, vindicated but ultimately betrayed by the birth of MTV. Their only platinum album represented the best of their unreplicable code: dead-serious tricksters, embracing conformity in order to destroy it with bullet-proof pop sensibility. Through firsthand accounts from the band and musical analysis set against an examination of new wave's emergence, the first-ever authorized book about Devo (with a foreword by Portlandia's Fred Armisen) explores the group's peak of success, when their hermetic seal cracked open. "Freedom of Choice was the end of Devo innocence–it turned out to be the high point before the s***storm of a total cultural move to the right, the advent of AIDS, and the press starting to figure Devo out and think they had our number," says Casale. "It's where everything changes."

Praise for Devo's Freedom of Choice:

"Evie Nagy's 33 1/3 book on Devo's Freedom of Choice is fantastic, nerdy, swift and meticulous, and the book you have been waiting for if you even like Devo a little bit." --Jessica Hopper, senior editor, Pitchfork 

Evie Nagy is a staff writer at Fast Company and a former editor at Rolling Stone and Billboard. Her work was published in Best Music Writing 2010, and she co-wrote the afterword to Out of the Vinyl Deeps, an anthology of rock writing by the late Ellen Willis, the New Yorker's first pop music critic. She's the author of the 33 1/3 book on Devo's Freedom of Choice, and lives in Oakland, CA with her husband and two daughters. 

Jake Fogelnest is a writer for the Netflix series Wet Hot American Summer: First Day Of Camp, the Emmy nominated Funny Or Die’s, Billy On The Street, as well as the upcoming Hulu show, Difficult People.

Event date: 
Saturday, June 27, 2015 - 5:00pm
Event address: 
1818 N Vermont Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90027
Devo's Freedom of Choice (33 1/3) Cover Image
By Evie Nagy, Fred Armisen (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9781623563448
Availability: Not in stock. Available To Order.
Published: Bloomsbury Academic - May 21st, 2015