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From this thesis:

“…Springfield’s covers of songs by African American singers ranged from close copies of the original versions to clever reworkings. Springfield faithfully copied the interpretations of black female artists…but showed no comparable fealty to interpretations of black male singers.

… Though A Girl Called Dusty includes remakes of songs by white US singers such as Lesley Gore and Gene Pitney, Springfield made no attempt to copy their singing styles. Springfield’s “You Don’t Own Me” bears little vocal resemblance to Gore’s perfect rendition of a New Jersey teenager’s first petulant attempt to establish social and sexual autonomy. Similarly, her cover of Pitney’s “Twenty-Four Hours from Tulsa,” a song in which a man runs off with a new girlfriend, adopts a humorous, protofeminist stance as the protagonist who dumps her Tulsa boyfriend for a man she has just met at a truck stop. To the delight of her teenaged female fans, Springfield succeeded in regendering such songs and turning the usual male-female dynamic on its head. One wonders how audiences might have read the pattern of Springfield’s preferences, including her reverence for vocal interpretations of African American female artists and instrumental styles of African American male artists, and her willingness to invert power relationships in songs by black and white American male singers.”

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July 31, 2008 at 7:12 pm

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>1976 or McCarren Pool Park last night?

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>New York Times coverage of the new movie “Bustin’ Down The Door”

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July 30, 2008 at 7:10 pm

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>what my mind looks/sounds like

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July 30, 2008 at 5:36 pm

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>Alex likes it!

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>I like Kurt Vile because it’s poppy, but also because each song on the album has a different sound, yet a line runs through. I “hear” it.

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July 30, 2008 at 3:47 pm

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>necessary

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July 29, 2008 at 10:12 pm

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>in a city like new york

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July 29, 2008 at 10:00 pm

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>the only people that tolerate me

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July 29, 2008 at 1:09 pm

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