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The Soundtrack Series


With Maura Johnston, Ronica Reddick, Dan Charnas, Peter Aguero, and Zachary Lipez. Hosted by Dana Rossi

The Soundtrack Series is a live show and podcast that celebrates music in our everyday lives—from the hilarious or heartbreaking stories and memories we forever tie to certain songs, to the debates we have over music’s most famous arguments. In conjunction with the exhibition Spectacle: The Music Video, this special edition features writers and performers telling personal stories about music videos—how one video made a mark on their lives. The event will hold a magnifying glass up to the influence that videos have had on our culture by zeroing in on the personal, specific ways that they have mattered to us. Dana Rossi is the creator and host of The Soundtrack Series, which is regularly presented live at The Gallery at Le Poisson Rouge. Flavorpill has called the series “the best rock and roll storytelling event in New York.”


Dana Rossi is a writer, storyteller and the creator of The Soundtrack Series. She has contributed to InDigest, Slice, Time Out NY, The Retroist and the anthology Madonna & Me: Women Writers on the Queen of Pop.

Ronica Reddick is an actor who is hot off the critically acclaimed Silence! The Musical. Her upcoming project, Too Grown: A Musical Web Series, is about a woman who uses music videos to solve problems in her love life.

Dan Charnas is the author of The Big Payback: The History of the Business of Hip Hop. He is considered to have played a role in the creation of hip hop journalism, and was one of the original writers for The Source.

Maura Johnston is a music and pop culture journalist who has contributed to The New York Times, NPR, Spin, WNYC, WBUR and Rolling Stone, to name a few. She was one of the founding editors of Gawker’s Idolator, and is the founder of MAURA MAGAZINE.

Peter Aguero is a recent TEDMED speaker, as well as a Moth StorySlam host and GrandSlam winner. He is the host of the BTK Band, an underground show that features stories backed by a live band.

Zachary Lipez was the lead singer for Freshkills. He writes the Adult Problems column for Noisey/VICE and his most recent book (with Nick Zinner and Stacey Wakefield) is Please Take Me Off the Guest List.

Please note: Hip-hop artist Jean Grae will not be able to participate due to a scheduling conflict.

​Free admission on a first-come, first-served basis. Museum members may reserve tickets in advance by calling 718 777 6800. For more information about becoming a Museum member and to join online, please click here.