40 Years of Popular Music Perspectives

What marked the beginning of international Popular Music Studies as an academic discipline? The most common answer is arguably the ‚ÄúPopular Music Perspectives” conference held at the University of Amsterdam in June 1981 that directly led to the establishment of IASPM.

To celebrate the 40th anniversary of this event, IASPM Benelux invites you to the 4th IASPM Pop Talk “40 Years of Popular Music Perspectives”, on June 22nd from 17:30 to 19:30.

As contemporary witnesses, Philip Tagg, who co-organized the conference at the time, Alenka Barber-Kersovan, Franco Fabbri, Simon Frith and Stan Rijven will share with us their memories of the event as well as their views on the developments in Popular Music Studies in the four decades that followed.

The current chair of IASPM international, Rubert Till, will also address the guests for this special occasion! 

To take part in the anniversary celebration held online via Zoom, please send an email to f.o.seibt@uva.nl.

We look forward to celebrating this milestone birthday of Popular Music Studies with you!


Oliver Seibt – Chair IASPM Benelux  

Chris Tonelli – Secretary IASPM Benelux  

Femke Vandenberg – Treasurer IASPM Benelux  

Matthias Heyman – Media liaison IASPM Benelux  

Melanie Schiller – National Representative

For more information, please visit our website https://www.iaspmbenelux.org/news-3/iaspm-benelux-pop-talks-4-we-are-celebrating-40-years-of-iaspm?fbclid=IwAR2suI-dPYmy_K36JvTeOACIDoqxXfi3iVwCwEe9NkqNFch2IUQeTYs8sPc