‘Sound Opinions’ Hosts Jim DeRogatis, Greg Kot to Discuss #MeToo and the Music Industry

February 7, 2020 | by the Office of Marketing and Communications

#MeToo has shined a spotlight on sexual misconduct in Hollywood, the media and politics, where powerful men have fallen rapidly. But the music world has lagged behind.

On March 10, Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot, hosts of the syndicated the rock ’n’ roll radio show Sound Opinions, will present “Separating Art from the Artist: #MeToo and the Music Industry.” During their talk, DeRogatis and Kot will explore questions about the responsibility we bear for enjoying—or failing to speak out about—troubling themes in an artist’s work.

If we sing along to Michael Jackson or R. Kelly, are we muting those who accuse them of abuse and assault? Can we really separate the art from the artist? Should we?

“Separating Art from the Artist” will begin at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 10, in Hammerschmidt Memorial Chapel. A book signing to follow the lecture, and books by both DeRogatis and Kot will be available for purchase. This event is presented thanks to a partnership between Elmhurst Public Library and Elmhurst College.

Admission is free but registration is required, at elmlib.org/wbez. For more information, visit elmhurst.edu/cultural.

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