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Free To Be: Part 1, Dan Deacon's 'America', Esperanto Pop

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Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Free To Be You And Me Free To Be You And Me

Today on Soundcheck: We begin a three-part series on the 1972 children's record and book (and eventual ABC Afterschool Special) Free to Be… You and Me. The album turns 40 this month, and today, we talk with Emmy-winning producer Carole Hart and author Lori Rotskoff about how an album with second-wave feminist values made it into many homes in America -- including the childhood home of host John Schaefer.

Then, electronic composer Dan Deacon performs a few energetic songs from his latest record, America, in the studio. (And, watch what happens when we put Dan's knowledge of state flags and trivia to the test.) 

And bullpen contributor and Billboard editor Joe Levy adds an entry to the dictionary with a category of music he calls "Esperanto Pop."


Dan Deacon

When We Were 'Free To Be'

Part one of a three-part series on the 40-year-old children's album and book Free to Be... You and Me.

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Esperanto Pop: Global Music For Global Domination

Billboard editor and Soundcheck regular Joe Levy adds an entry to the dictionary with a category of music he calls "Esperanto Pop." We hear how acts from ABBA to PSY to Usher are making music that's engineered for the biggest pop market possible -- the world.

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