Andrew Chan in conversation with Christina Lee - Why Mariah Carey Matters

Andrew Chan in conversation with Christina Lee - Why Mariah Carey Matters

Friday, Oct 06, 2023 5:00 PM

Criminal Records
1154-A Euclid Avenue, NE
Atlanta, Georgia 30307

The first book to critically examine the legacy of pop superstar Mariah Carey.

Criminal Records and A Cappella Books are delighted to welcome author and critic Andrew Chan for a talk on his new book, “Why Mariah Carey Matters,” on Friday, October 6, at 5 PM. The author will be in conversation with music journalist Christina Lee.

This event is free and open to the public. Copies of the book will be available for purchase at the venue. The author will sign after the talk.

About the Book

When it comes to Mariah Carey, star power is never in doubt. She has sold hundreds of millions of albums and cut more chart-topping hits than any other solo artist—ever. And she has that extraordinary five-octave vocal range. But there is more to her legacy than eye-popping numbers.

"Why Mariah Carey Matters" examines the creative evolution and complicated biography of a true diva, making the case that, despite her celebrity, Carey’s musicianship and influence are insufficiently appreciated. A pioneering songwriter and producer, Carey pairs her vocal gifts with intimate lyrics and richly layered sonic details. In the mid-1990s, she perfected a blend of pop, hip-hop, and R&B with songs such as “Fantasy” and “Honey” and drew from her turbulent life to create the introspective masterpiece "Butterfly." Andrew Chan looks beyond Carey’s glamorous persona to explore her experience as a mixed-race woman in show business, her adventurous forays into house music and gospel, and her appeal to multiple generations of queer audiences. He also reckons with the transcendent ideal of the voice that Carey represents, showing how this international icon taught artists around the world to sing with soul-shaking intensity and a spirit of innovation.

About the Author

Andrew Chan writes regularly about music, film, and books for 4Columns. His work has also been published by the Criterion Collection, Film Comment, NPR, the New Yorker, and Reverse Shot.

About the Conversation Partner

Christina Lee is a freelance reporter and critic living in Atlanta. She is a frequent contributor to NPR Music's "All Songs Considered" and has written for Atlanta magazine, GQ, The Guardian, Vulture, and more. She co-hosts and co-writes the podcast series "King Slime: The Prosecution of Young Thug and YSL," out now on Airloom Media and iHeartMedia.