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CALL FOR PAPERS
“Popular Music in the Mercer Era, 1910-1970”
Georgia State University Library, Atlanta, GA
November 12-14, 2009

In recognition of the centennial of songwriter Johnny Mercer’s birth,
Georgia State University Library’s Popular Music and Culture Archives
invites submissions of papers for consideration to be presented at the
two-day conference, “Popular Music in the Mercer Era, 1910-1970.”

Each of the four conference sessions focuses on a particular genre:
blues, hillbilly (country), jazz, and rock ‘n’ roll.  Papers
proposed for the sessions are invited to explore elements of popular
music composition and production, including but not limited to:
influences; lyrics; regionalism; live or stage performance; the Southern
and Jewish Diasporas; broadcast (radio and television); film music; Tin
Pan Alley; and record companies and the music business.  Special
consideration will be given to studies that relate to Johnny Mercer and
the popular music of his era. 

Submission deadline is February 28, 2009. We seek papers from scholars
and graduate students in all disciplines.  There will be an award given
for a graduate student paper, which will allow the student to attend the
conference and present a paper.  Participants will be required to submit
a final version of the paper prior to the conference.  We intend to
publish the conference proceedings in electronic form, and then at later
date publish select papers in a printed volume.

Please submit a one-page abstract, a two-page curriculum vitae, and
contact information including name, title, affiliation, address, e-mail,
phone and fax numbers.  Send inquiries and submissions to: 

Georgia State University Library
Special Collections and Archives
ATTN: Kevin Fleming
100 Decatur Street, SE
Georgia State University
Atlanta, GA 30303-3202
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Funding for the “Popular Music in the Mercer Era, 1910-1970” is
provided through the Johnny Mercer Foundation. 

About the Archives: The Popular Music and Culture Archives, within the
Georgia State University Library Special Collections Department,
collects and preserves unique and rare historical materials documenting
20th-century American Popular Music and Culture.  Areas of focus include
Johnny Mercer and music of his era; early county, bluegrass and gospel
music; and radio broadcasting in Atlanta.  The department promotes the
use of these materials by the Georgia State University community,
scholars and the public.  The mission of the Archives is to advance
scholarship and to further the educational, research and service
missions of Georgia State University.