Arts, Interrupted: The Musician Underneath
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The art of dressing up—one that most of us have been refining since we were first put into our baby pumpkin costumes all those years ago. It’s an art that begs to be pondered around, especially around this time every year. For most, Halloween is the singular night that we can dismiss the rules about how we ought to look, so much so that the more outrageous your look, the better. While this opportunity to look however you want and be whoever you want may seem fleeting, countless artists have proven the contrary.
Who are these costumed creators and why on earth do we feel the need to talk about them? These two very important questions are what the Arts, Interrupted team tried to grapple with this week.
The gang began with a retrospective, taking us from the 1960s to today and checking in with Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, Ziggy Stardust, Daft Punk, and Lana Del Rey, to name a few. The gang explored how these artists came to shirk their personal identities in favor of these memorable personas.
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After this comprehensive primer, it was time to take a step back and think about what it really means to put on a costume in the music industry. The team discussed how style and motivation changed throughout these eras and how this was reflected in the respective performers. They also considered, as they are wont to do, how the internet and social media factors into this phenomenon, and how a social media presence may be a costume in and of itself.
This episode was brought to you by executive producer Sam Small, senior editors Emily Ohl and Max Rosenzweig, content creators Avin Katyal and Max Schabel, audio producers Ben Schrier, Sam DuBose, and Will Pederson, and audio engineer Spencer Harris.
We sincerely hope you enjoy this episode and be sure to tune in next time! Stay spooky <3
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