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Thursday, 1:45–3:00 p.m., 203, JW Marriott

The Austin Music Scene and Its Publics: Willie Nelson, Janis Joplin, Doug Sahm, and Friends

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A special session. Presiding: Martha Nell Smith, Univ. of Maryland, College Park

Speakers: Thomas Barker, Univ. of Alberta; Ben Child, Colgate Univ.; Tanya E. Clement, Univ. of Texas, Austin; Alice Echols, Univ. of Southern California; Kimmie Rhodes, musician; Bobby Earl Smith, musician

A widely known and profoundly influential part of Austin’s literatures—“writing” off, from, and about itself—is “that ʼ70s show,” the outlaw music that radically changed soundscapes. “Country music has never been the same,” and neither has rock and roll. Panelists focus on the political, social, and cultural significance of Austin music.

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