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Recording Queer ATL: Archives of The American Music Show
March 20 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pmFree
Registration required: https://emorylib.info/ams
The American Music Show (1981—2005) was a groundbreaking queer public access TV program that was produced in Atlanta. This variety show featured recurring performances by personalities like RuPaul, Lady Bunny, and Jayne County. During 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, and it left an important legacy for Atlanta’s LGBTQ community.
The March 20 event will include a screening of the show, drawn from Emory’s recently acquired collection of over 700 VHS recordings. Program:
6-7:10 p.m. Introductions and screening of the show
7:10-7:45 p.m. Q&A and discussion with cast members
7:45-8:30 p.m. Reception and continued discussion
The event is co-sponsored by the Rose Library; Emory’s Department of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies; the University Office of LGBT Life; and Atlanta Studies. Parking: Fishburne deck bit.ly/fishburneparking. For accessibility accommodations, please make requests in advance: firstname.lastname@example.org or 404-727-7620.