Author Series Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Ann Powers

Author Series: Ann Powers

Thursday, March 1, 2018 - 7:00pm

“Fascinating. . . . readers won’t look at Lady Gaga or Nicki Minaj the same way.” (Kirkus)

WHEN: Thursday, March 1, 2018 - 7:00PM (Doors open at 6:30PM)

WHERE: Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Library & Archives, 2809 Woodland Ave., Cleveland, OH

PRICE: This event is free with a reservation at       


The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Library & Archives welcomes Ann Powers as the next speaker in its Author Series.  Ann Powers will discuss her book Good Booty: Love and Sex, Black & White, Body and Soul in American Music. Members of the audience will be able to engage with the author in a Q&A session, as well as purchase copies of the book for signing.


In Good Booty, Ann Powers explores how popular music became America’s primary erotic art form. She takes us from nineteenth-century New Orleans through dance-crazed Jazz Age New York to the teen scream years of mid-twentieth-century rock and roll and the cutting-edge adventures of today’s viral pop stars. Drawing on her deep knowledge of gender and sexuality, Powers recounts stories of forbidden lovers, wild shimmy-shakers, orgasmic gospel singers, countercultural perverts, soft-rock sensitivos, punk Puritans, and the cyborg known as Britney Spears to illuminate how eroticism—not merely sex, but love, bodily freedom, and liberating joy—became entwined within the rhythms and melodies of American song. This cohesion, she reveals, touches the heart of America’s anxieties and hopes about race, feminism, marriage, youth, and freedom.


Ann Powers is NPR Music’s critic and correspondent and one of the nation’s leading music writers. She began her career at San Francisco Weekly, and has held positions at the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Village Voice, Blender, and the Experience Music Project. Her previous books include Weird Like Us: My Bohemian America; Tori Amos: Piece by Piece, which she cowrote with Amos; and Rock She Wrote: Women Write About Rock, Rap and Pop, which she coedited with Evelyn McDonnell. She was also the editor of Best Music Writing 2010. She lives in Nashville.


The Rock Hall’s Library & Archives is located at 2809 Woodland Avenue in Cleveland, Ohio. The facility is at the corner of Woodland Avenue and East 30th Street, in a shared building with the Gill and Tommy LiPuma Center for Creative Arts at Cuyahoga Community College. This is approximately two miles southeast of the Museum.


Free parking will be available in Lots 5 and 6 of the parking garage. Metered parking spaces are also available on the street in front of the building or around the block. Signage will be posted directing visitors to the event.