2011 EMP Pop Conference at UCLA
Feb 25 – 27, 2011
Los Angeles, California
Jointly sponsored by Experience Music Project and the UCLA Department of Musicology.
Cash Rules Everything Around Me: Music and Money
“The best things in life are free, but you can give them to the birds and bees, I need money!” Motown founder Berry Gordy co-wrote it, Barrett Strong sang it, and John Lennon’s vocal in the Beatles cover offered a fervent affirmation. By the time Wu-Tang Clan recorded “C.R.E.A.M.,” however, chasing bucks in pop suggested more harrowing connotations. This year’s Pop Conference, the tenth annual meeting and first outside of Seattle, features presentations on a matter Los Angeles knows well: the relationship between song and paycheck —or, to invoke the O’Jays hit “For the Love of Money,” bass line and bottom line.
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