Loren Glass in conversation with Ann Powers

March 12, 2021 - 7:00pm
Prairie Lights Virtual - Zoom

Please join us to celebrate the release of Tapestry with author and University of Iowa professor Loren Glass, in conversation with NPR Music Critic and Correspondent, Ann Powers

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Carole King's Tapestry is both an anthemic embodiment of second-wave feminism and an apotheosis of the Laurel Canyon singer-songwriter sound and scene. And these two elements of the album's historic significance are closely related insofar as the professional autonomy of the singer-songwriter is an expression of the freedom and independence women of King's generation sought as the turbulent sixties came to a close. Aligning King's own development from girl to woman with the larger shift in the music industry from teen-oriented singles by girl groups to albums by adult-oriented singer-songwriters, this volume situates Tapestry both within King's original vision as the third in a trilogy (preceded by Now That Everything's Been Said and Writer) and as a watershed in musical and cultural history, challenging the male dominance of the music and entertainment industries and laying the groundwork for female dominated genres such as women's music and Riot Grrrl punk.

Loren Glass is Professor of English at the University of Iowa,  with a joint appointment in the Center for the Book. He is the author of Authors Inc.: Literary Celebrity in the Modern United States, and Rebel Publisher: Grove Press and the Revolution of the Word, and co-editor of the Post45 series.

Ann Powers is NPR Music's critic and correspondent. She writes for NPR's music news blog, The Record, and she can be heard on NPR's newsmagazines and music programsOne of the nation's most notable music critics, Powers has been writing for The Record, NPR's blog about finding, making, buying, sharing and talking about music, since April 2011.