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Book Discussion with Dr. Richard T. Rodriguez, for his recently published "A Kiss Across the Ocean"

When: Wednesday, October 19, 2022
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM Central

Audience: Faculty/Staff - Student

Cost: Free

Contact: Silvia Toledo   (847) 467-0891

Group: The Latina and Latino Studies Program

Category: Academic, Lectures & Meetings


The book examines the relationship between British post-punk musicians and their Latinx audiences in the United States since the 1980's. Melding memoir with cultural criticism, Rodríguez spotlights a host of influential bands and performers.

He recounts these bands' importance for him and other Latinx kids and discusses their frequent identification with these bands' glamorous performance of difference.

He traces the fandom networks that link these groups across space and time to illuminate how popular music establishes and facilitates intimate relations across the Atlantic. In doing so, he demonstrates how the music and styles that have come to define the 1980's hold significant sway over younger generations equallyenthused by
their matchlessly pleasurable and political reverberations.

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