American Musical Identity

A recent article in The Atlantic asked the question: Why is a music genre called ‘Americana’ so overwhelmingly white and male?

Possibly the same reason that so many people reacted negatively to Jose Feliciano’s 1968 rendition of the Star Spangled Banner.

Not every American has the same vision of America. Jose Feliciano and Mr. Lif live in a different America than Bob Dylan. But, they’re not the ones who have historically held power, are they?


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