The 2009 Pop Conference at EMPSFM kicks off with "A Conversation with Nona Hendryx".  This should be a cool session, since one of the moderators is my fellow SXSW panelist, Princeton's Daphne Brooks.  Here's the description:

From her 1960s days wowing Apollo Theater crowds as part of Patti Labelle and the Bluebelles, through that group's transformation into glam-funk pioneers Labelle, and into a solo career that has seen collaborations with Prince, Material, Peter Gabriel, and Talking Heads, and continues to combine art and pop grooves in groundbreaking ways, Nona Hendryx is an original. She talks about her lifetime of "Transformation" with two of the foremost academic proponents of her work.

Conference registration is free and open to the public, but space is limited, so they suggest you pre-register.  You can see a listing of all the sessions here.

The Pop Conference at EMP|SFM, now in its eighth year, joins academics,
critics, performers, and writers of all kinds in a rare common
discussion. Its second collection, Listen Again: A Momentary History of Pop Music,
was recently published by Duke University Press. The conference is
sponsored by the American Music Partnership of Seattle (Experience
Music Project, the University of Washington School of Music, and KEXP
90.3 FM), through a grant from the Allen Foundation for Music.

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