PRI Here and Now: 9/11 Arts

by justindburton on September 9, 2011

This week’s episode of PRI’s Here and Now, like many other media outlets this week, offers a reflection on September 11, 2001. One fifteen minute clip of the program focuses specifically on the arts after 9/11, from movies to novels to music. Jeff Melnick is the interviewee, and he suggests that hip hop has been the primary locus of September 12th music – music that reflects a post-9/11 world. You can listen to the full interview here.

This makes for an interesting listen, but it’s quite short and, therefore, somewhat superficial. Melnick mostly identifies post-9/11 hip hop by what he calls “Middle Eastern” sounds (the scare quotes are his). I know this week brings a plethora of reflections on 9/11; has anyone come across a deeper analysis of post-9/11 music?

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