Ed McKay Artist and Author Series to feature Wayne Coyne, Patterson Hood, Future Islands, more

Submitted on Jul 13, 2011

Last year, The Edward McKay Used Books & More Artist and Author Series at Hopscotch gathered Public Enemy’s Chuck D with local Grammy-winning producer 9th Wonder, featured a public poetry reading from Broken Social Scene’s Andrew Whiteman, and garnered surprise attention from Rolling Stone. This year, the series returns to Raleigh City Museum for each day of Hopscotch 2011, and it’s stocked from top to bottom with intriguing minds and ideas.

The three-day event will feature appearances from festival headliners, including Wayne Coyne of The Flaming Lips and Patterson Hood of the Drive-By Truckers. Rhys Chatham, the Paris-based composer often credited with starting a whole new kind of composition, will talk about getting past his influences, while acclaimed writers like Dave Tompkins and Pitchfork Media Editor in Chief Mark Richardson will explore the limits of pop music, if they indeed exist. And that’s just the start.

Admission to the series is free and does not require a Hopscotch Music Festival wristband. Capacity at Raleigh City Museum, however, is limited, so please arrange to arrive early if you plan to attend. Admission is based on a first-come, first-served basis. Raleigh City Museum is located at 220 Fayetteville St.


Thursday, Sept. 8
Raleigh City Museum, 3–5 p.m.
Present the Past: Honoring and Outstripping Influences

Everyone has influences, from parental figures who shape your attitude to friends who influence your actions. This panel gathers artists who turn what they’ve learned from clear, identifiable forebears into something altogether different. William Tyler, for instance, is an acoustic guitarist who has clearly moved beyond the mold of John Fahey acolytes, while Jamie Stewart’s magpie tendencies in the band Xiu Xiu create a fascinating, fresh web of references and meanings. Today, they’ll talk about how they’ve gotten beyond the past.


Rhys Chatham
William Tyler
Jamie Stewart (of Xiu Xiu)
Cheyenne Marie Mize
Yair Yona
David Daniell (of Rhys Chatham Guitar Trio, San Agustin) Brian Corum (of Lonnie Walker)
Moderated by: Grayson Currin

Friday, Sept. 9
Raleigh City Museum, 3–5 p.m.
Simple Words: The Power of Narrative Songs

The number of ways you can write and then record a song are infinite. But some songwriters seem to find a way to tell us a story that, though it may be personal to them, feels personal to us, too. The Drive-By Truckers’ Patterson Hood is among the best ever with these sorts of songs; he’ll join this panel of fellow standout writers and the head of a record label built on such traditions to talk about why narrative in music can be so very compelling.


Patterson Hood (of Drive-By Truckers)
John Vanderslice
Dolphus Ramseur (of Ramseur Records)
David Menconi (of The News & Observer)
Heather McEntire (of Mount Moriah, Bellafea)
James Jackson Toth (of Wooden Wand)
Ross Flournoy (of Apex Manor)
Moderated by: David Klein

Saturday, Sept. 10
Raleigh City Museum, 3–5 p.m.
The Bubble: The Limits of Pop Music

The Flaming Lips’ 1997 album, Zaireeka, consisted of four compact discs, each holding one stereo track for each of the eight songs on the album. In order for the album to be properly heard, these four discs had to be played simultaneously. Indeed, if any act in the past two decades has challenged what the notion of pop music might be, it’s The Flaming Lips. The band’s Wayne Coyne will be joined by Mark Richardson, the Editor in Chief of Pitchfork Media and the author of a recent book about Zaireeka. Others who have explored the core and fringes of pop, both as musicians and critics, will also speak.


Wayne Coyne (of The Flaming Lips)
Mark Richardson (Editor in Chief of Pitchfork Media and author of Zaireeka)
Peter Holsapple (of the dB’s and R.E.M.)
Julianna Barwick
Sam Herring (of Future Islands)
David Tompkins (author of How to Wreck a Nice Beach: The Vocoder from World War II to Hip-Hop, The Machine Speaks)
Moderated by: Brian Howe

For more information on the site of the series, visit For more information on the sponsor of the series, visit For tickets to Hopscotch, visit

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