GET UP AND PLAY: TAYLOR MAC’S A 24-DECADE HISTORY OF POPULAR MUSIC

This edited volume will present a critical and comprehensive analysis of Taylor Mac’s A 24- Decade History of Popular Music, which took place in September and October 2016 at St. Ann’s Warehouse in Brooklyn, New York. The volume will include original annotated interviews by the editors, a variety of images, and carefully selected essays from various contributors across fields and disciplines. We are interested in both the concert series and the 24-hour marathon.

Suggested topics may include:

  • Analysis of the various acts from a theoretical and historical perspective
  • Examination of the show’s conventions or dramaturgical components
  • Machine Dazzle’s costume design
  • The role of the Dandy Minions
  • Matt Ray’s musical arrangements or Tigger Ferguson’s boylesque interludes
  • Queer histories as a mode of agency and radicalism
  • Niegel Smith and Taylor Mac’s collaborative approach to directing
  • The rehearsal and workshopping process of a 24-hour-long performance
  • The choreography and immersion of the audience in the production

High quality scans of original illustrations and drawings completed at the concert are also welcomed. The volume will be coedited by Sean F. Edgecomb, David Román, and Dan Venning.

Please send a CV and 500–600-word abstract to 24decadeconcertbook@gmail.com by 1 June 2017. Decisions will be made by 1 August 2017. The anticipated submission date for final essays is 1 November 2017. For more information, visit https://networks.h-net.org/node/73374/announcements/162960/cfp-get-and-play-taylor-mac%E2%80%99s-%E2%80%9C-24-decade-history-popular-music%E2%80%9D.