University of Pittsburgh

Lecture: Professor Judith Peraino (Cornell University)

March 15, 2018 - 4:00pm - 5:30pm

Prof. Judith Peraino (Cornell University) will give a lecture titled “I’ll Be Your Mixtape: Lou Reed, Andy Warhol, and the Queer Intimacies of Cassettes.”


This paper discusses a tape found in the Andy Warhol Museum Archives of uniquely compiled and never-released songs by Lou Reed, and the circumstances of its making that illuminate the affective affordances of cassette technology in the 1960s and ‘70s, and the mixtape as a material recording of ontological vulnerability.

Judith Peraino is a musicologist and professor of music at Cornell University. She holds the Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley and the B.A. from the University of Chicago. Her research in the areas of both medieval song and rock music concerns the intersection of subject formation, social identity, and musical expression. Her book, Listening to the Sirens: Musical Technologies of Queer Identity from Homer to Hedwig (2006) investigates how music has been used throughout history to call into question norms of gender and sexuality, and has established her as a leading voice in queer musicology.

The lecture is co-sponsored by the Department of Music, the Department of History of Art and Architecture, and the Humanities Center. 

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