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Notes on Deconstructing the Populism: Music on the Campaign Trail, 2012 and 2016

Notes on Deconstructing the Populism: Music on the Campaign Trail, 2012 and 2016 JuSTIN PaTCH Prelude I began working on this article in 2014 in the wake of the 2012 presidential campaign. I was intrigued by the intersection of campaign music and the resurgence of populism in both the romney and obama campaigns. as the article was coming together in the summer of 2015, it became difficult to isolate 2012 from the looming 2016 campaign. The populism that often manifested as whisper, tremor, implication, and innuendo in the face of 2012's establishment politics was more than insurgent in 2016, it was part of mainstream discourse and ethos. Populist rhetoric and policy were animating forces in the campaigns of both Donald Trump and bernie Sanders. as this article goes to press, the nominees have been chosen, but it is unclear how the republican and Democratic national conventions will play out, what tone the general election will take, and what effect populist sentiment will have on the party platforms and musical representation in the general election campaign. I attempt to address the sonic similarities between 2012 and 2016 and provide food for thought as 2016 races toward its conclusion and we are left to ponder how we arrived at this historical moment and http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png American Music University of Illinois Press

Notes on Deconstructing the Populism: Music on the Campaign Trail, 2012 and 2016

American Music , Volume 34 (3) – Nov 9, 2016

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JuSTIN PaTCH Prelude I began working on this article in 2014 in the wake of the 2012 presidential campaign. I was intrigued by the intersection of campaign music and the resurgence of populism in both the romney and obama campaigns. as the article was coming together in the summer of 2015, it became difficult to isolate 2012 from the looming 2016 campaign. The populism that often manifested as whisper, tremor, implication, and innuendo in the face of 2012's establishment politics was more than insurgent in 2016, it was part of mainstream discourse and ethos. Populist rhetoric and policy were animating forces in the campaigns of both Donald Trump and bernie Sanders. as this article goes to press, the nominees have been chosen, but it is unclear how the republican and Democratic national conventions will play out, what tone the general election will take, and what effect populist sentiment will have on the party platforms and musical representation in the general election campaign. I attempt to address the sonic similarities between 2012 and 2016 and provide food for thought as 2016 races toward its conclusion and we are left to ponder how we arrived at this historical moment and

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American MusicUniversity of Illinois Press

Published: Nov 9, 2016

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