The Stockton-born, New York-based performance artist Taylor Mac and his costume designer Machine Dazzle are no ordinary historians. In A 24-Decade History of Popular Music, their 24-hour romp through American history from 1776 to the present day, Mac, Dazzle and their vast team of collaborators use the pop hits of the ages, commentary, and off-the-wall fashions to share a unique vision of this country’s story.

KQED’s senior arts editor Chloe Veltman sat down with Mac and Dazzle in the costume-strewn basement of San Francisco’s Curran Theater when the artists were prepping for a run of their show.

Watch the report for KQED Newsroom here:

A 24-Decade History of Popular Music runs in four, six-hour-long episodes from Friday, Sept. 15 to Sunday, Sept. 24 at the Curran Theater in San Francisco. For more information, click here.

Stanford Live is also presenting a 3-hour-long, abridged version of the show at the Bing Concert Hall on the Stanford Campus on Wednesday, Sept. 27. Information here.

Costumes for A 24-Decade History of Popular Music pack the basement of The Curran Theater.
Costumes for A 24-Decade History of Popular Music pack the basement of The Curran Theater. (Photo: Chloe Veltman/KQED)
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Chloe Veltman

Chloe Veltman covers arts and culture for KQED. Prior to joining the organization, she launched and led the arts bureau at Colorado Public Radio, was the Bay Area’s culture columnist for the New York Times, and was also the founder, host and executive producer of VoiceBox, a national award-winning weekly podcast/radio show and live events series all about the human voice. Chloe is the recipient of numerous prizes, grants and fellowships including both the John S Knight Journalism Fellowship and Humanities Center Fellowship at Stanford University, the Sundance Arts Writing Fellowship and a Library of Congress Research Fellowship. She is the author of the book “On Acting” and a guest lecturer at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. She holds a BA in english literature from King’s College, Cambridge, and a Masters in Dramaturgy from the Central School of Speech and Drama/Harvard Institute for Advanced Theater Training.

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