Lynnée Denise: The Afterlife of Aretha Franklin's Rock Steady
For the past decade, DJ Lynnée Denise has worked as an artist incorporating self-directed project based research into interactive workshops, music events, and public lectures. She coined the term “DJ Scholarship” to explain DJ culture as a mix-mode research practice, both performative and subversive in its ability to shape and define social experiences, shifting the public perception of the role of a DJ from being a purveyor of party music to an archivist, cultural worker and information specialist who assesses, collects, organizes, and provides access to music determined to have long-term value.
Lynnée Denise is an artist and scholar who was developed as a DJ by her parent’s record collection. Her work is inspired by underground cultural movements, the 1980s, migration studies, theories of escape, and electronic music of the African Diaspora. She’s the product of the Historically Black Fisk University with a MA from the historically radical San Francisco State University Ethnic Studies Department. DJ Lynnée Denise is a Visiting Artist at the California State University Los Angeles Pan African Studies Department.