13 May 2024

Mikel Rouse Discusses His New Memoir and Album June 13, 2024 at LPA

Mikel Rouse speaks with Brent Reidy, Andrew Rose Gregory, and Evan Gregory of The Gregory Brothers about his new memoir, his life and work. Event at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts. Tickets are FREE HERE.

One of the most innovative composers of his generation, Mikel Rouse has a gift for superimposing pop vernaculars onto avant-garde music. In this evening’s event, we celebrate Rouse, whose archive was acquired by the Library for the Performing Arts in 2010, with a discussion about his new memoir, The World Got Away, and a listening party of his new album Language Barrier.

The memoir channels Rouse’s high energy personality into an exuberant account of the precarity and pleasures of artistic creation. Raconteur and starving artist, Rouse emerged from the legendary art world of 1980s New York to build a forty-year career defined by stage and musical successes, inexhaustible creativity, and a support network of famous faces, loyal allies, and high art hustlers. The World Got Away guides readers through a working artists’ hardscrabble life while illuminating the unromantic truth that a project’s reception may depend on a talented cast and crew but can depend on reliable air conditioning.

Brent Reidy, Andrew W. Mellon Director of the Research Libraries at NYPL, will moderate a conversation with Rouse about the book, and his life and work. They will be joined by Andrew Rose Gregory and Evan Gregory of The Gregory Brothers. Following the event, there will be a book signing.

  • 5PM: Listening session for Language Barrier 
  • 6PM: Panel discussion