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The Americans: An ear for old American music

Anselmo Jason

The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta  /  Thu, December 5, 2019  /  03:16 pm
The Americans: An ear for old American music

Back to their roots: The Americans entertain the crowd at the @america cultural center in Jakarta. (@America Cultural Center/-)

Los Angeles-based band The Americans has a style of American music that dates back to pre-World War I. The American music industry is ever-changing and ever-evolving. Each musical generation, be it the 80s, 90s or the 2010s, has always brought something new to the table with their own sets of rhythms, melodies and lyrics. From the nostalgic days of the 60s with Bob Dylan and Jimi Hendrix to the funky 80s with Michael Jackson and Prince to the charismatic 2010s with Beyonce and Kanye West, the American music industry has seen it all. It is undoubtedly the biggest music industry in the world, influencing the musical tastes of billions across the globe. However, few know of how the revered American popular music started. The American popular music that gave birth to pop, rock and dance genres came in the late 1800s to early 1900s, dating back to before World War I. Back then, the a...