Recording Queer ATL: Archives of The American Music Show

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Emory's Rose Library

Woodruff Library, 10th floor

Atlanta, GA 30322-1006

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“Always Low Standards” was a motto of The American Music Show, a queer public access TV program that was produced in Atlanta from 1981 to 2005. This variety show featured recurring performances by personalities like RuPaul, Lady Bunny, and Jayne County. Over its 24 years on the air, it recorded “one of the most thorough archives of queer Atlanta history” (Wussy Mag). Showcasing musical acts, sketch comedy, and drag performances, The American Music Show developed its own unique and campy aesthetic, for which nothing was sacred.

Join us on Wednesday, March 20, to celebrate the important legacy that this show left for Atlanta’s LGBTQ+ community. The evening will include a screening of the show—drawn from Emory’s recently acquired collection of over 700 VHS recordings—as well as a Q&A and discussion with some of the show’s original cast members. Afterward, there will be a reception with food and drinks. Don’t miss this celebration of queer Atlanta history!

Program:

6:00-7:10 p.m. Introductions and screening of the show, by Andy Ditzler and Randy Gue

7:10-7:45 p.m. Q&A and discussion with original cast members including Rosser Shymanski (aka DeAundra Peek)
and members of The Now Explosion.

7:45-8:30 p.m. Reception and continued discussion (food and drinks)

In conjunction with the Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Books Library, this event is co-sponsored by Emory’s Department of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies; the Emory University Office of LGBT Life; Film Love and Atlanta Studies.

Parking available in Fishburne Parking Deck on the Emory University campus.

For more information, please contact libraryevents@emory.edu or 404-727-7620.

*Photo Release: By registering for this event, I understand that photos and video will be taken at the event, and agree to the terms of the Emory University photo release policy. Please email Library Events for questions.

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