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Wednesday, March 18
 

2:00pm

'Upward and Onward': Ian 'Mac' McLagan Remembered

Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame keyboardist Ian ‘Mac’ McLagan was fond of saying, with gusto, "You know what I like? Everything!" He brought that joie de vivre spirit to his bands The Small Faces and Faces - and it was the same exultant attitude be brought to all of the musicians he played with, as well as to the community of friends he amassed in his adopted hometown of twenty years, Austin, Texas. Mac made no distinction between the rock stars he played with and the friends he made daily. To know Mac was to love him. And the best thing was you knew he loved you back.

Mac - who passed away suddenly at home last December at the age of 69 - will be remembered at this panel by his pals and co-horts, who will share anecdotes of his riotous romp through rock and roll history.

Along with his work with two of rock's all-time greatest bands, Mac's playing with the likes of The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Bonnie Raitt, Billy Bragg, Lucinda Williams and countless others helped make the soundtrack to several generations' lives. But if he was here he'd just as soon have a Guinness and tell a joke as talk about all that rock and roll stuff (it's all in his book "All The Rage" anyway).

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Jody Denberg

Music Host, KUTX
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BP Fallon

CEO, Vibrosonic Records
BP FALLON LIVE IN TEXAS ~ EVERY RAINBOW HAS A SILVER LINING “I didn’t know it was being recorded” says BP Fallon about his new album ‘Live In Texas’. “That’s maybe why it has such a great vibe”. The album is dedicated to Ian McLagan who sadly passed away suddenly in... Read More →
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David Fricke

Sr Writer, Rolling Stone
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Patty Griffin

Ian McLagan and the Bump Band, KUTX
American Kid, Patty Griffin’s seventh album, is her first album of mainly new material since Children Running Through in 2007. In between, she made the Grammy Award-winning Downtown Church (2010), her version of classic gospel (though it featured three original songs). She also... Read More →
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Jo Rae Di Menno

Owner/Press Agent, Hard Pressed Publicity
Ian McLagan sidekick and Bump Band bassist Jon Notarthomas has toured extensively with the ex-Small Faces, Faces and one time Rolling Stone keyboardist. Band mate, tour manager, and personal confidant, Notarthomas has not only played a primary role in navigating an iconic sideman’s... Read More →
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Jon Notarthomas

Ian McLagan and the Bump Band, KUTX
Ian McLagan sidekick and Bump Band bassist Jon Notarthomas has toured extensively with the ex-Small Faces, Faces and one time Rolling Stone keyboardist. Band mate, tour manager, and personal confidant, Notarthomas has not only played a primary role in navigating an iconic sideman’s... Read More →


Wednesday March 18, 2015 2:00pm - 3:00pm
ACC Room 18ABC Austin Convention Center

2:00pm

808: Ground Shaking Beats
You may not know the Roland TR808 drum machine by name, but you definitely know it by its sound. Hear from artists and the director of the documentary 808 about how the 808 forever changed the musical landscape.

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avatar for Alexander Dunn

Alexander Dunn

Dir, 808
Alexander Dunn is a filmmaker based in London, UK, working in film, television and advertising as a director, producer and editor for over a decade.
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Basil Reece

Dir, 808
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Hank Shocklee

Sonic Architect, Shocklee Entertainment
As a DJ, producer, composer and record company executive, Shocklee has worked with and developed artists and musicians across many genres all while keeping a very innovative approach and a distinction for high-quality productions. Shocklee has been a force behind some of the most... Read More →


Wednesday March 18, 2015 2:00pm - 3:00pm
ACC Room 16AB Austin Convention Center

2:00pm

Jim Marshall: All Access Photo Pass
Jim Marshall (1936-2010) is world-renowned as the pioneer of rock-and-roll photography. A principal photographer at Woodstock and the only photographer allowed backstage at the Beatles’ final concert. He immortalized bands such as the Grateful Dead and Jefferson Airplane before they became household names. His unlimited access to musicians allowed him to capture some of the most iconic images in music history. Photographers today do not have the same, unlimited access as Marshall did. We'll discuss the lasting impact and influence of Marshall's work on the business of music photography in the present day. Hear various POV's from today's successful music photographers, the artist and the music journalist.

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avatar for Jay Blakesberg

Jay Blakesberg

Photographer, Jim Marshall Photography
Photographer and author, Jay Blakesberg began his career as a suburban NJ teenager in the late 1970's photographing such diverse artists as Muddy Waters, Crosby Stills & Nash, Roger McGuinn of the Byrds, The Grateful Dead, Eric Clapton, and Bob Dylan. After his arrival in San Francisco... Read More →
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Amelia Davis

Owner, Jim Marshall Photography
Amelia Davis is the sole owner and manager of Jim Marshall Photography LLC. Amelia, “Davis”, was Jim's assistant for his last thirteen years, and, to whom Jim entrusted his photographic archive to care for and protect. Amelia, an accomplished award winning photographer, has published... Read More →
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Jorma Kaukonen

Musician/Educator, Jefferson Airplane/Hot Tuna/Fur Peace Ranch Guitar Camp
In a career that has already spanned a half-century, Jorma Kaukonen has been one of the most highly respected interpreters of American roots music, blues, and Americana, and at the forefront of popular rock-and-roll. A member of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and a Grammy nominee, he... Read More →
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Joel Selvin

Freelance Writer, N/A
Joel Selvin (born February 14, 1950) is a San Francisco-based music critic and author known for his weekly column in the San Francisco Chronicle which ran from 1972 to 2009. Selvin has written books covering various aspects of pop music—including the No. 1 New York Times best-seller... Read More →


Wednesday March 18, 2015 2:00pm - 3:00pm
ACC Room 17A Austin Convention Center

2:00pm

Reissuing Records: (Re)introducing Lost Classics
Since the dawn of the recorded music era, millions of recordings have been created. A very small percentage of these recordings have become embedded in our culture, almost all of which are owned by major media corporations. Pre-internet, there were thousands of entrepreneurs recording and releasing records, then selling to fans in their own regional areas. Some great, inspired recordings were pressed once and forgotten. Labels are now finding ways to step into the shoes of the original entrepreneurs by obtaining rights and re-issuing amazing recordings by relatively unknown artists. Reissues have also inspired unknown/unheard live recordings and new records by classic artists.

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Speakers
avatar for Dan Coleman

Dan Coleman

Managing Partner, Modern Works Music Publishing
As the Managing Partner for Modern Works Music Publishing, I look after a diverse roster of songwriters, producers, and composers, including Blake Mills, Oscar-winning composer Michael Giacchino, Bootsy Collins (James Brown, Parliament-Funkadelic), Andy Summers (The Police), Michael... Read More →
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Zach Ernst

producer, Indpendent
Zach Ernst is a guitarist, producer, and talent buyer who currently resides in Austin, TX. After five years of recording and touring with Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears, he joined the Dallas gospel funk band the Relatives and served as the co-Executive Producer of their comeback... Read More →
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Bradley Shenfeld

Atty, Shenfeld Law PC
Prior to establishing his own law firm in 2011, Brad practiced law for over 7 years in the entertainment department at Loeb & Loeb, LLP. Prior to joining Loeb, Brad was a Business Affairs executive at Universal Music from 1999 to 2004. Brad began his legal career in 1997 in the business... Read More →
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Matt Sullivan

Founder/Co-Owner, Light In The Attic Records
For exactly a decade now, Seattle- and Los Angeles-based record label Light in the Attic has specialized in a particular kind of music geek’s dream come true. The imprint, founded by Matt Sullivan, signs the occasional new artist, but that’s far from its focus. Instead, Sullivan... Read More →


Wednesday March 18, 2015 2:00pm - 3:00pm
ACC Room 10A Austin Convention Center

3:15pm

Book Signing: Joel Selvin
Joel Selvin will appear at the SXBookstore to sign copies of The Haight: Love, Rock and Revolution and Here Comes the Night: The Dark Soul of Bert Berns and the Dirty Business of Rhythm and Blues.

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avatar for Joel Selvin

Joel Selvin

Freelance Writer, N/A
Joel Selvin (born February 14, 1950) is a San Francisco-based music critic and author known for his weekly column in the San Francisco Chronicle which ran from 1972 to 2009. Selvin has written books covering various aspects of pop music—including the No. 1 New York Times best-seller... Read More →


Wednesday March 18, 2015 3:15pm - 3:35pm
ACC Ballroom D Foyer Austin Convention Center

3:30pm

Sinatra: An American Icon
This year we celebrate the centennial of one of America’s greatest vocalists and entertainers, Frank Sinatra. Explore the life and legacy of “The Voice” with firsthand observations and analyses.

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avatar for Frank Sinatra Jr

Frank Sinatra Jr

Exec Dir, The GRAMMY Museum
Frank Sinatra, Jr. was born in New Jersey, raised in California, and educated in the showrooms of Las Vegas and on bandstands all over the world. While studying music at the University of Southern California, Frank Jr. planned a career as a pianist and conductor. He made his professional... Read More →
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Charles Pignone

Sr VP, Frank Sinatra Enterprises
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Bob Santelli

Exec Dir, The GRAMMY Museum
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Max Weinberg

Exec Dir, The GRAMMY Museum
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Steven Van Zandt

Chairman/CEO, Wicked Cool Records


Wednesday March 18, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm
ACC Room 16AB Austin Convention Center
 
Thursday, March 19
 

12:30pm

Book Signing: Holly George-Warren
Holly George-Warren will appear at the SXBookstore to sign copies of A Man Called Destruction: The Life and Music of Alex Chilton From Box Tops to Big Star & & The Cowgirl Way: Hats Off to America's Women of the West.

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Speakers
HG

Holly George-Warren

Writer, Jackalope Press


Thursday March 19, 2015 12:30pm - 12:50pm
ACC Ballroom D Foyer Austin Convention Center

3:30pm

Lead Belly: Bringing a 20th Century Music Icon into the Digital Age
Dive into the analog recordings that the Lomax family collected during their southern tour. Hear how they met Lead Belly, and the details behind the new release on Smithsonian Folkways. New media platforms are being used to introduce Lead Belly and folk blues to today’s music fans. This project reveals the pros and cons of digital archiving of American folk icons and storytelling.

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Speakers
avatar for Richard James Burgess

Richard James Burgess

Assoc Dir of Business Strategies, Smithsonian Folkways Recordings
Richard James Burgess Ph.D. began his career in recorded music as a studio drummer and percussionist for EMI Records in New Zealand. He went on to enjoy international success as a studio musician, major label producer, engineer, composer, artist, and manager of both producers and... Read More →
avatar for Bob Santelli

Bob Santelli

Exec Dir, The GRAMMY Museum
avatar for Alvin Singh

Alvin Singh

Founder, ARS Media Group


Thursday March 19, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm
ACC Room 13AB Austin Convention Center
 
Friday, March 20
 

2:00pm

Book Signing: Jesse Sublett
Jesse Sublett will appear at the SXBookstore to sign copies of Austin Gangsters: Organized Crime that Rocked the Capital and Never the Same Again: A Rock n' Roll Gothic.

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Speakers
JS

Jesse Sublett

Author Musician Legend, Jesse Sublett Writer & Musician


Friday March 20, 2015 2:00pm - 2:20pm
ACC Ballroom D Foyer Austin Convention Center

2:40pm

Book Signing: Nicholas Meriwether
Nicholas Meriwether will appear at the SXBookstore to sign copies of Reading the Grateful Dead: A Critical Survey & Studying the Dead: The Grateful Dead Scholars Caucus, An Informal History.

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Speakers
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Nicholas Meriwether

Grateful Dead Archivist, Grateful Dead Archive/University of California Santa Cruz
Nicholas Meriwether graduated with honors from Princeton University in history and received his MLIS from the University of South Carolina, where he was Oral Historian at the South Caroliniana Library. He did graduate work in history at the University of Cambridge and now serves as... Read More →


Friday March 20, 2015 2:40pm - 3:00pm
ACC Ballroom D Foyer Austin Convention Center

3:30pm

Deep Roots of Rock: Making Rock Relevant Again
Rock & Roll used to scare the crap out of people. It was raw. It was new. It was Negro. Audiences started integrating, turning rock into a platform for sex and drugs, creating a counter culture. Today rock has corporate sponsorship and is no longer allowed to scare anybody or say anything. What happened? How has the taming of the genre changed us? How can today's musicians reclaim the spirit of Rock & Roll?

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avatar for LaRonda Davis

LaRonda Davis

Pres, Black Rock Coalition
President of the Black Rock Coalition, Board member for Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls, co-owner of Flaming Yoni Productions and Primordial Punk, road and merch manager for Burnt Sugar, copywriter for PKT, and graphic designer for friends, LaRonda thinks folks should feel free to... Read More →
avatar for Rob Fields

Rob Fields

Founder, Black Rock Coalition
Rob Fields is a cultural strategist and marketer who is passionate about helping brands thrive at the intersection of marketing, business and contemporary culture. A strategic thinker, he helps companies not only understand contemporary culture, but build their brands in a socially... Read More →
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Bevis Griffin

Founder, Deux Voix
Bevis M. Griffin Executive Director of Deux Voix Ltd. / Musician - Austin,TX Vocalist / Songwriter / Drummer / Arranger / Producer
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Greg Tate

Conductor, AvantGroid
Greg Tate was a Staff Writer at The Vil lage Voice from 1987–2003. His writ ings on cul ture & pol i tics have also been pub lished in The New York Times, The Wash ing ton Post, Art fo rum, Rolling Stone, VIBE, Pre miere, Essence, Suede, The Wire, One World, Down beat, and Jaz zTimes... Read More →


Friday March 20, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm
ACC Room 13AB Austin Convention Center

5:00pm

100 Years from Now: Preserving Pop Music History
Librarians and archivists who oversee some of the country’s foremost popular music research collections will discuss the unique holdings at their libraries and archives. They will talk about the issues involved in collecting and preserving popular music resources. Learn how to ensure the preservation of your work and your legacy for future generations.

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avatar for Susannah Cleveland

Susannah Cleveland

Asst Professor, Head of Music Library & Sound Recordings Archives, Bowling Green State University
Susannah Cleveland received her M.M. in Musicology and M.S. in Library and Information Science from the University of North Texas in Denton and her B.M. in Music History from Baylor University. Her research interests include non-textual description of music materials, popular music... Read More →
avatar for Greg Johnson

Greg Johnson

Blues Curator & Assoc Prof, University of Mississippi
Greg Johnson has served as the Curator for the Blues Archive at the University of Mississippi since 2002. He received his Masters of Library and Information Science from the University of Southern Mississippi in 2002, where he also received a Bachelor of Music in history and literature... Read More →
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Andy Leach

Dir of Library & Archives, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame & Museum
Andy Leach is the Director of Library and Archives of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland, Ohio. Andy holds degrees in music history and library and information science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) and has worked in music libraries... Read More →
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Nicholas Meriwether

Grateful Dead Archivist, Grateful Dead Archive/University of California Santa Cruz
Nicholas Meriwether graduated with honors from Princeton University in history and received his MLIS from the University of South Carolina, where he was Oral Historian at the South Caroliniana Library. He did graduate work in history at the University of Cambridge and now serves as... Read More →
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Gregory Reish

Director, Center For Popular Music
Greg Reish serves as Director of the Center for Popular Music, and Professor of Music History, at Middle Tennessee State University. He earned a BM in jazz guitar from the University of Miami and the MA and PhD in musicology from the University of Georgia, and has held faculty positions... Read More →


Friday March 20, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm
ACC Room 15 Austin Convention Center

5:00pm

Chet Flippo: Texas’ Finest Music Journalist featuring Lyle Lovett
Chet Flippo put Lone Star music on the map with his scintillating style, taking Outlaw Country into the pages of Rolling Stone and other national magazines. He and his wife, the late writer Martha Hume, championed a diversity of music, their work “like a letter from home, a transitory home, a home for the soul,” as Flippo once wrote. “Music was, and still is, the starting point that what you listen to forms the soundtrack to your life.” This panel remembers Flippo, Hume, and their unforgettable contributions to music journalism – and our lives.

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avatar for Paula Batson

Paula Batson

VP Mktg Communications, Magisto
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Holly George-Warren

Writer, Jackalope Press
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Lyle Lovett

VP Mktg Communications, Magisto
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Joe Nick Patoski

Dir, Magisto


Friday March 20, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm
ACC Room 17B Austin Convention Center
 
Saturday, March 21
 

12:30pm

Alan Lomax at 100: A Centennial Retrospective
2015 marks the centennial of the birth of Alan Lomax, America's foremost folklorist of the 20th century. This panel will survey his work documenting, preserving, and promoting traditional music and culture from 1933 to 1991, both in America and around the world; explore the technological, media, cultural, and social influences of that work; and discuss contemporary - and future - outlets and applications, and the ongoing importance, of Alan Lomax's collections.

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avatar for Don Fleming

Don Fleming

Exec Dir, Alan Lomax Archive
Don Fleming is Executive Director of ACE and the Alan Lomax Archive. He supervises all ACE preservation, publication, dissemination and repatriation projects. Don developed a proactive system of locating artists/heirs and maintaining correspondence, agreements, and royalty payments... Read More →
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Todd Harvey

Folklife Specialist, Reference, American Folklife Center/Library Of Congress
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Betsy Peterson

Dir, American Folklife Center/Library Of Congress
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Nathan Salsburg

Curator, Alan Lomax Archive


Saturday March 21, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm
ACC Room 11AB Austin Convention Center