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This October, join AAWW for a celebration of the first book to critically examine the legacy of pop superstar Mariah Carey. WHY MARIAH CAREY MATTERS examines the creative evolution and complicated biography of a true diva, making the case that, despite her celebrity, Carey’s musicianship and influence are insufficiently appreciated. Author Andrew Chan looks beyond Carey’s glamorous persona to explore her experience as a mixed-race woman in show business, her adventurous forays into house music and gospel, and her appeal to multiple generations of queer audiences. Chan will be in conversation with journalist Brittany Spanos.
Andrew Chan writes regularly about music, film, and books. His work has been published by the Criterion Collection, Film Comment, NPR, the New Yorker, and Reverse Shot.
Brittany Spanos is a Senior Writer at Rolling Stone, with a focus on pop music and internet culture. Since starting at RS in 2015, she has written cover stories on Harry Styles, Adele, Cardi B and many more stars. Prior to taking on her role at RS, Spanos worked as the Clubs Editor at Village Voice, handling concert listings for the paper while contributing interviews and review to its music blog on both local, emerging artists as well as established stars. As a freelancer, Spanos’ work was featured in Vulture, SPIN, Pitchfork, Cosmo and Rookie Mag. She has presented at the annual Pop Conference and served on its 2021 Programming Committee. She has been teaching a class on Taylor Swift at NYU’s Clive Davis School of Recorded Music since Spring 2022. In her spare time, she dreams of a One Direction reunion.
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