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Puritanism, Pop, and Public Radio

Is anti-music Puritanism part of the backbone of the U.S.? Can a sound alone be an agent of change? Do public radio stations such as KCRW really serve the whole public? Can popular culture still change the world?

These are some of the questions Occidental College professors Thaddeus Russell and James Ford, KCRW music director Jason Bentley, and myself addressed last night at a panel sponsored by Oxy and Zocalo Public Square. It was a pretty wide ranging and thoughtful discussion of a topic I feared beforehand had been beat to death. Check out Zocalo’s site for video, podcast, photos, and even some text.

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Zocalo Pop Music Panel

I’ll be discussing the effects of pop music on cultural change May 29, at the Downtown Independent, along with KCRW’s Jason Bentley and Occidental historian Thaddeus Russell, as part of the excellent Zocalo Public Square events.

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