I didn't attend MTSU. There were, however, many times in my freshman and sophomore years of college when I felt like an honorary undergrad. You know, on account of the countless weekend and evening hours I spent in Murfreesboro with my MTSU-student buddies, geekin' out blunt-wise and playing Mario Kart. But what I want to know is this: Has MTSU always hosted such meaningful, insightful pop-culture-related events? A couple of weeks ago Chuck Klosterman hung out on campus for a hot minute, and now British journalist, DJ, author and all-around '70s and '80s know-it-all Dave Haslam's going to be down there talking about Joy Division. For free. What gives? Common activities when I hung out in the Boro just included going to The Red Rose, attending house parties where my friends got dosed and, again, geekin' out blunt-wise.
While I can't seem to dig up any online listings for the event, the Scene was sent an email last week stating that Haslam -- who has, by the way, has written for NME, The Times and The Guardian and has had DJ gigs with The Stone Roses, New Order, Depeche Mode and more -- will be giving a lecture called "Manchester, England: The Joy Division Story" tomorrow, March 31, at 7:30 p.m. His talk will be preceded by a 6 p.m. screening of the film Joy Division. I'm fairly certain the clip above is from the correct doc. According to the email we received, this event is free and open to the public, and it will take place in Room 101 of the Bragg Mass Communication Building.
There's little else to go on, but here are our facts: Haslam is a well-published expert on the influence of British rock/pop music in the '80s. Haslam is presenting a lecture and a film about one of the saddest and most influential stories in '80s British rock/pop. It's free. I rest my case.