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Records of Resistance Listening Party with Josh MacPhee at the James Gallery, 3/13

Records of Resistance Listening Party with Josh MacPhee

Wed, Mar 13th, 2019, 6:30 PM, The James Gallery at the Graduate Center, CUNY, 365 Fifth Ave, NYC.

In the early 1960s, 12” long-playing albums and 7” “singles” took over the recording industry. The Civil Rights Movements took notice. The Congress for Racial Equality released Sit-In Songs: Songs of the Freedom Ridersin 1962. The Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee’s Freedom Singers quickly followed, releasing their first single and album—both titled We Shall Overcome—in 1963. Over a dozen recordings of Martin Luther King, Jr. were released in the 1960s. In the 1970s, music becomes a key part of the struggle against the rightist coup in Chile, and in the 1980s the antiapartheid movement grew through recorded music. Journey into politicized sound with archivist and artist Josh MacPhee for a collective listening session and discussion of the cross-over between mass-distributed pop music and political movements.

Josh MacPhee is a designer, artist, and archivist. He is a founding member of the Justseeds Artists’ Cooperative (, the co-author of Signs of Change: Social Movement Cultures 1960s to Now, and co-editor of Signal: A Journal of International Political Graphics and Culture. He co-founded and helps runInterference Archive, a public collection of cultural materials produced by social movements.

Co-sponsored by Interference Archive, the Film Studies Certificate Program of the Graduate Center, CUNY, and the Art Gallery of the College of Staten Island in conjunction with the exhibit if a song could be freedom…Organized Sounds of Resistance.

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