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Mashup:  The National Art

One great by-product of the digital revolution is the mashup - an entire body of new music created by splicing / layering together popular songs into entertaining (and often humorous) hybrids.  There's nothing more American than the mashup.  Our indigenous musics - blues, jazz, and rock - are mashups of African and European influences.  Many of us are ethnic and racial mashups ourselves!  

My first musical love, Led Zeppelin, was a mashup band, combining English folk and American blues into a new and distinctive stew.  Robert Plant's new "Band of Joy" is also a mashup band, with Appalachian and rock 'n' roll elements - he's backed by American folkies Buddy Miller, Darryl Scott, and Patty Griffin, among others.

If you thought there was nothing new under the sun, check these out!  Long live the mashup!

Beatles vs Green Day:  "Green Beatles."

Beach Boys vs. Pink Floyd:  "Wouldn't it Be So Nice"

Police vs. Rick James:  "Put on the Superfreak" -

   **These two are my FAVORITES -brilliant improvements on both tunes!**
Dream Theater vs. Rick Astley:  "Never Gonna Wither You Up"
Stevie Wonder and REM:  "Uptight Religion" - great footage of a young Stevie

Listen to Robert Plant's "Band of Joy" here:

Eyes and Ears:  What I'm Reading, Listening to, and Watching
   Buddy Mondlock, "Poetic Justice"
   Jef Lee Johnson, "The Zimmerman Shadow"
   Studs Terkel, "And They All Sang:  Adventures of an Eclectic Disc Jockey"
   Charles Gasparino, "The Sellout:  How Three Decades of Wall Street Greed and Government Mismanagement
         Destroyed the Global Financial System."
   "The Book of Eli"
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