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ROSHANAK KHESHTI discusses her new book WENDY CARLOS'S SWITCHED ON-BACH, with KAREN TONGSON

Wendy Carlos's Switched On Bach (Bloomsbury Academic, 33 1/3 series)

**PLEASE NOTE: This event begins at 6:30pm.

So much, popular and scholarly, has been written about the synthesizer, Bob Moog and his brand-name instrument, and even Wendy Carlos, the musician who made this instrument famous. No one, however, has examined the importance of spy technology, the Cold War and Carlos's gender to this critically important innovation.

Through a postcolonial lens of feminist science and technology studies, Roshanak Kheshti engages in a reading of Carlos's music within this gendered context. By focusing on Switched-On Bach (the highest selling classical music recording of all time), this book explores the significance of gender to the album's--and, as a result, the Moog synthesizer's--phenomenal success.

*Come to the reading to hear Roshanak Kheshti play a Moog synthesizer! 

Roshanak Kheshti is Associate Professor of Ethnic Studies and affiliate faculty in the Critical Gender Studies Program at the University of California, San Diego. She is the author of Switched on Bach and Modernity’s Ear: Listening to Race and Gender in World Music. She is currently completing her third book “We See With The Skin: Zora Neale Hurston’s Synesthetic Hermeneutics." Her writing has appeared in the Radical History Review, American Quarterly, Anthropology News, Parallax, Feminist Studies, GLQ, Theater Survey, and Sounding Out!.

Karen Tongson is the author of Why Karen Carpenter Matters (2019), and Relocations: Queer Suburban Imaginaries (2011). In 2019, she received the Lambda Literary Jeanne Córdova Award for Lesbian/Queer Nonfiction. She is associate professor of English, gender & sexuality studies, and American studies & ethnicity at USC, and co-editor of the award-winning book series, Postmillennial Pop (with Henry Jenkins) at NYU Press. Tongson has two books in progress: Empty Orchestra: Karaoke, Queer Aesthetics, Queer Theory (Duke University Press), and NORMPORN:Television and the Spectacle of Normalcy (NYU Press). Previously a panelist on MaximumFun.org's Pop Rocket podcast, she now cohosts Waiting to X-hale with Wynter Mitchell-Rohrbaugh. (www.karentongson.org; Twitter @inlandemperor; Instagram @tongsonator)

Event date: 
Thursday, October 31, 2019 - 6:30pm
Event address: 
1818 N Vermont Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90027
Wendy Carlos's Switched-On Bach (33 1/3 #141) Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9781501320286
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Published: Bloomsbury Academic - October 31st, 2019

Modernity's Ear: Listening to Race and Gender in World Music (Postmillennial Pop #3) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781479817863
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Published: New York University Press - October 23rd, 2015

Why Karen Carpenter Matters (Music Matters) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781477318843
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Published: University of Texas Press - May 20th, 2019

Relocations: Queer Suburban Imaginaries (Sexual Cultures) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780814783108
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Published: New York University Press - August 1st, 2011