The Downtown Pop Underground - A reading by Kembrew McLeod

Thursday, November 1, 2018 - 7:00pm
Event Location: 
Prairie Lights Books
North Dubuque Street
Iowa City, IA 52240

Kembrew McLeod, Professor in the Department of Communication Studies, and member of the POROI Executive Committee, will read from his new book The Downtown Pop Underground (Abrams, 2018). 

The 1960s to early ’70s was a pivotal time for American culture, and New York City was ground zero for seismic shifts in music, theater, art, and filmmaking. The Downtown Pop Underground takes a kaleidoscopic tour of Manhattan during this era and shows how deeply interconnected all the alternative worlds and personalities were that flourished in the basement theaters, dive bars, concert halls, and dingy tenements within one square mile of each other. Author Kembrew McLeod links the artists, writers, and performers who created change, and while some of them didn’t become everyday names, others, like Patti Smith, Andy Warhol, and Debbie Harry, did become icons. Ambitious in scope and scale, the book is fueled by the actual voices of many of the key characters who broke down the entrenched divisions between high and low, gay and straight, and art and commerce—and changed the cultural landscape of not just the city but the world.