Simpson University Music Professor to Present Paper at Academic Conference on U2

For Immediate Release


REDDING, Calif. - Simpson University’s associate professor of music theory and composition, Dr. Dan Pinkston, will present a paper at U2: The Hype and The Feedback, the very first academic conference celebrating the work of the band.

Pinkston’s paper, titled, “U2 and Igor Stravinsky: Texture, Timbre, and the Devil,” explores the many parallels between the Irish band and Igor Stravinsky, a leading 20th century composer.

“I’m really excited to share my ideas and research on parallels between the two,” said Pinkston. “I’ve discovered similarities in their creative processes, their musical achievements, and even their spiritual reflections. It’s also going to be a real honor to be with so many other U2 scholars. I’m looking forward to learning some new things.”

U2: The Hype and The Feedback will take place Oct. 2-4, in Durham, North Carolina, on the campus of North Carolina Central University. The event is expected to draw hundreds of attendees including scholars, teachers, college students, journalists, authors, clergy, and U2 fans.

The conference has an international line-up of paper presenters and speakers, including prominent musicians, theologians, relief workers, and journalists. The keynote speaker, Anthony DeCurtis, is a contributing editor of Rolling Stone magazine. Featured speakers include Neil McCormick, a columnist for UK’s Telegraph; Agnes Nyamayarwo, a Ugandan AIDS activist; and Matt McGee, founder of @U2 and author of U2-A Diary.

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