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Music in America's Cold War Diplomacy$
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Danielle Fosler-Lussier

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780520284135

Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520284135.001.0001

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The Double-Edged Diplomacy of Popular Music

The Double-Edged Diplomacy of Popular Music

(p.143) 6 The Double-Edged Diplomacy of Popular Music
Music in America's Cold War Diplomacy

Danielle Fosler-Lussier

University of California Press

At first the State Department’s Music Advisory Panels rejected popular music, but the Department eventually used blues, rock ’n’ roll, and folk music to attract worldwide audiences. Musicians who were flexible and knew how to entertain succeeded in connecting with audiences. Because of the music’s reputation for social criticism, audiences abroad sometimes expected that the artists would criticize their government, even when the musicians had no such intention. Although the U.S. government called attention to their successes in Vietnam and Eastern Europe, some American audiences rejected Addiss and Crofut and Blood, Sweat and Tears after their tours because of their State Department patronage.

Keywords:   rock ’n’ roll, blues, popular, folk, entertain, Vietnam, Addiss and Crofut, Blood, Sweat and Tears, State Department

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