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Music in America's Cold War Diplomacy

Danielle Fosler-Lussier


During the Cold War, thousands of musicians from the United States traveled the world under the sponsorship of the U.S. State Department’s Cultural Presentations program. Using archival documents and newly collected oral histories, this study illuminates the reception of these musical events, for the practice of musical diplomacy on the ground sometimes differed substantially from what the Department’s planners envisioned. Performances of music in many styles—classical, rock ’n’ roll, folk, blues, and jazz—were meant to compete with traveling Soviet and Chinese artists, enhancing the reputatio ... More

Keywords: music, diplomacy, media, soft power, Cultural Presentations, State Department, reception, Cold War, Propaganda, global

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780520284135
Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2015 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520284135.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Danielle Fosler-Lussier, author
Ohio State University