On December 3rd, 2017, Fabian Holt and Dahlia Borsche from Humboldt-University’s department of musicology invited Simon Reynolds to a public panel discussion. Listen to the recording of the entire panel discussion.
Reynolds, one of the most successful pop music journalists of our times and well known author, writes for newspapers and magazines as New Yorker, The Wire, Village Voice, or Uncut. Since 2002 he is running his blog Blissout. He is author of Generation Ecstasy (1998), Rip It Up And Start Again (2007), Retromania (2012), and many others.
A day before the Berlin presentation of his latest book (Shock and Awe: Glam Rock and its Legacy) he attended the panel on „Writing as Performing Pop“. Invited guests for the conversation were Missy Magazine’s editor Sonja Eismann and pop-historian Bodo Mrozek, author of Jugend – Pop – Kultur. Eine transnationale Geschichte (in print).
Simon Reynolds, Sonja Eismann, Bodo Mrozek – three authors, three settings, three positions, but all with one subject. They write about pop music, they write (about) pop history. Moderated by Stefanie Alisch they discussed challenges of writing about a topic as aesthetically and emotionally charged as (pop) music, the history of pop music journalism and the question, how far a written historical reconstruction of pop culture events renders pop history in the first place.
(photos: Dahlia Borsche; audio editing: Max Knoth productions.)