Fred Moten is a professor at the University of California, Riverside, poet, and author of In the Break: The Aesthetics of the Black Radical Tradition (University of Minnesota Press, 2003), B. Jenkins (Duke University Press, 2010), and co-author (with Stefano Harney) of The Undercommons: Fugitive Planning and Black Study (Minor Compositions, 2013). Pat Thomas is a music historian, record producer, and author of Listen Whitey!: The Sights and Sounds of the Black Power Movement (Fantagraphics, 2012). This conversation, organized on the occasion of Charles Gaines: Librettos: Manuel de Falla/Stokely Carmichael, will delve into the research of both Moten and Thomas on the Civil Rights and Black Power Movements, particularly in Los Angeles, and the music, writings, and aesthetics that emerged during those times, and their influence on later social movements.
Fred Moten is the author of In the Break: The Aesthetics of the Black Radical Tradition, Hughson’s Tavern, B. Jenkins, The Undercommons: Fugitive Planning and Black Study (with Stefano Harney), The Feel Trio, and The Little Edges. He lives in Los Angeles and teaches at the University of California, Riverside.
Pat Thomas is the author of Listen, Whitey! The Sights and Sounds of Black Power 1965–1975 and the forthcoming book Did It! From Yippie to Yuppie: Jerry Rubin—American Revolutionary (both published by Fantagraphics). As a reissue producer, he has overseen the release of vintage recordings from Allen Ginsberg, Les McCann & Eddie Harris, and Sly Stone, among others. He has appeared on the BBC and NPR discussing the impact of the Black Panther Party on popular music, and served as a consultant to the new PBS documentary, Black Panther Party: Vanguard of the Revolution, directed by Stanley Nelson.