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Pop Con 2020 Presents: POP TALKS - Jehnny Beth

Pop Con 2020 'Forever Young'

The Museum of Pop Culture's annual Pop Conference, first held in 2002, mixes together ambitious music discourse of every kind to bring academics, critics, musicians, and dedicated fans into a collective conversation. Pop Con 2020 is being reimagined as an online conference to be held over three weeks in September 2020 (check out this year's schedule!).

Leading up to the virtual event this fall MoPOP has hosted a series of teaser events. The seventh teaser event, POP TALKS: Jehnny Beth with NPR Music, takes place at 12 p.m. PT on Thursday, September 3.

NPR Music x Pop Conference in collaboration with the Museum of Pop Culture present:

POP TALKS: Jehnny Beth
Thursday, September 3, 2020
12 p.m. PT
Instagram Live: @nprmusic

POP TALKS is a new pop-up conversation series on Instagram live. Join NPR Music and Pop Conference for hour-long, thoughtful conversations with today's most intriguing musicians. Next up is critically acclaimed French singer-songwriter Jehnny Beth, who talks about her provocative work on September 3 in an interview with Ann Powers.

Jehnny Beth

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Jehnny Beth first emerged in public consciousness as the charismatic lead singer and co-writer of UK Mercury Prize nominated post-punk band Savages. As a solo artist she’s worked with artists like PJ Harvey, Anna Calvi, Gorillaz and The Strokes’ Julian Casablancas. She recorded the XY Chelsea documentary soundtrack with her longtime producer Johnny Hostile, with whom she runs the French Pop Noire record label; and she also hosts the Beats 1 radio program “Start Making Sense” and the Arte music TV series “Echoes with Jehnny Beth.” Her startling 2020 solo debut album To Love is to Live is a dark cinematic meditation on the strange business of being alive—the result of collaborating with producers like Atticus Ross and Flood, and songwriters like Romy Madley Croft of The xx.

Ann Powers


Ann Powers is a critic and correspondent for NPR Music. She is the author of several books, most recently Good Booty: Love and Sex, Black and White, Body and Soul in American Music (Dey Street, 2017).

She lives in Nashville and is currently working on a critical biography of Joni Mitchell.

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