New York University’s Spring 2013 Albert Gallatin Lecture will feature author Rob Sheffield (Love is a Mix Tape, Talking to Girls about Duran Duran) on Tuesday, April 23, 6:30 p.m. at the Gallatin School of Individualized Study’s Jerry H. Labowitz Theatre for the Performing Arts (1 Washington Place [at Broadway]).
These days, the music world evolves at a dizzy pace. Yet it’s never been easier for pop songs to jump back and forth in time, thanks to the explosion of technologies. At any given moment, a song from anywhere in the past can jump out of nowhere to trigger your memories, ravage your emotions, and destroy your sense of history. Sheffield will consider how these changes affect pop music and how songs work as the soundtrack of our lives, calling into question viability of the space-time continuum—at least as it pertains to music.
A music journalist for more than 25 years, Sheffield is currently a columnist for Rolling Stone, where he has been writing about music, television, and pop culture since 1997.
The event is free and open to the public. An RSVP is required here. Space is limited. For more information, call 212.998.7342. Subways: N, R (8th St.); 6 (Astor Pl.).
The Albert Gallatin Lectures bring a series of notable figures from the worlds of politics, the arts, business, and academia to New York University to discuss contemporary issues with students, faculty, and members of the wider community. Presented by the Gallatin School of Individualized Study, the Albert Gallatin Lectures reflect the School’s academic philosophy, which is firmly rooted in the idea that knowledge and understanding grow through conversation and collaboration.