Cosmo Landesman

The Eagle Spreads Its Wings

How the World Was Won: The Americanization of Everywhere

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I remember an evening in the 1980s spent with some hip young Brits when I was trying to convince them that it was possible to be a hip American. (Back then, American youths were seen by hip Little Englanders as stylistic savages, primitives engaged in such barbaric practices as wearing Grateful Dead T-shirts and blue jeans.) So I asked: What about Miles Davis or James Brown? ‘They’re Afro-Americans,’ came the dismissive retort. What about the Velvet Underground? ‘That’s New York, not America,’ they said. Lenny Bruce? No, too Jewish. Sinatra? No, too Italian. I would have suggested John Belushi but they’d have said: No, too Armenian.

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