Karen Tongson - Why Karen Carpenter Matters — in conversation with Loren Kajikawa

Upcoming Event
Saturday, June 29, 2019 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

The Carpenters’ sunny harmonies stood out amid much of the harsher sounds of the ‘70s music scene, and since Karen Carpenter’s death from anorexia in 1983, the singer has haunted pop culture for other, tragic reasons. In her fresh and personal reconsideration of Carpenter’s legacy, Tongson—whose Filipino parents named her after the musician—interweaves biography, autobiography, history, and criticism to illuminate her own and her namesake’s lives. Tracing her path from the Philippines to Carpenter’s California, Tongson, an associate professor at the University of Southern California and co-editor of the Postmillennial Pop book series at NYU Press, explores why Carpenter’s ideal of “normal love” appeals to people outside mainstream culture and delivers a moving tribute to Carpenter’s art. Tongson will be in conversation with Loren Kajikawa, a professor of music at George Washington University’s Corcoran School of the Arts & Design.


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ISBN: 9781477318843
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Published: University of Texas Press - May 20th, 2019

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