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Alumnus to discuss rock experiences, Oct. 24

A lecture titled "Kurt Cobain Died for Somebody's Sins ... But Not Mine: Rock Stars, Indie Rock and Celebrity Culture" is set for 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 24, in McCormick 106.

The speaker will be Eric Weisbard, a 1988 Princeton graduate who is senior program manager at the Experience Music Project , a Seattle-based popular music museum.

Weisbard works with academics, journalists and other writers in the museum's education department. Previously, he served as music editor of The Village Voice and as a senior editor at Spin magazine. His writing for Spin, The Voice, The New York Times and GQ, among others, has covered a wide range of artists, from Neil Young and Nine Inch Nails to Built to Spill and DMX. A college radio disc jockey for WPRB during the indie-rock 1980s, he later edited the Spin Alternative Record Guide (Vintage). He currently is editing an anthology of rock 'n' roll short stories and overseeing a popular music studies conference to take place at the Experience Music Project in April.

Weisbard's talk, sponsored by the Program in American Studies , is in conjunction with the appearance of the Electric Bus at Princeton from Oct. 22-26. The bus is a mobile exhibit organized by the Experience Music Project and sponsored at Princeton by the Undergraduate Student Government. It unfolds into a 10,000-square-foot exhibit and activity space, complete with cross sections of music-related artifacts, video presentations and interviews, as well as instruments viewers can play. It will be open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. in parking lot six, south of New South and west of Baker Rink.

Contact: Marilyn Marks (609) 258-3601

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