Erin Fitzpatrick
Musicology – Research Focus: Materiality and performance practice in post-1980 punk, indie and art rock

Erin Fitzpatrick, a Ph.D. student in UCLA’s Department of Musicology, previously earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Music and Culture from Bowdoin College in 2015. A New Jersey native with the Springsteen-style Telecaster to prove it, Erin’s primary research concerns the interactions between (electric) guitars, “gear,” gender, and bodies, with specific interest in exploring questions of materiality and performance practice in post-1980 punk, indie, and art rock. She is personally invested in considering these topics from queer, interdisciplinary perspectives and adding invisible faces to rock music narratives. Other projects underway include questions of intimacy, eroticism, and “ASMR”; as well as sonic racial profiling, protest, and police violence. Erin is also an active songwriter, guitarist, and producer. Her Los Angeles band, Erin Anne, will release their debut album in Spring 2019.

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