unCOMMON Salon Series @ the Research Commons
Somebody to Rhapsodize: On the Creative Genius of Freddie Mercury
Author and NYU professor Jason King presents research from his forthcoming biography of rock band Queen frontman superstar Freddie Mercury. Taking a much closer look at his postcolonial, cosmopolitan roots in African and India, and delving into his complex relationship to various identity closets, King reconsiders the transgressive content and form of two of Mercury’s classic mid 70s pop hits “Bohemian Rhapsody” and “Somebody to Love.”
Jason King is Associate Professor, Director of Writing, History and Emergent Media Studies, and Director of Global Studies at The Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music — a program he helped create as its founding faculty member and first Associate Chair and Artistic Director. In addition to teaching at NYU, Jason is an internationally recognized journalist and author of The Michael Jackson Treasures. He’s a musician and bandleader, a DJ, songwriter, producer, artist manager, curator and event producer. He is also the host and curator of “I’ll Take You There,” NPR’s 24/7 streaming radio channel devoted to all things R&B.
Bobst Library | 5th Floor West | Media Viewing Area
Light refreshments will be served. All are welcome!
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