We all have a David Bowie story. The “Man who fell to earth” crashed into my life one afternoon in 1997—I was seven years old. As is always the case in stories involving Bowie, this sentence ends with: and life would never be the same again.
Eleanor Fagan, best known as Billie Holiday, was one of the most prominent jazz vocalists of the 20th century. Among her most outstanding works is the song “Strange Fruit”, which took Billie Holiday from the realm of love songs and lighter entertainment to the status of symbol of political involvement in the civil rights movement. “Strange Fruit”, written and performed at the end of the 1930s, rose to fame in a context where the Civil Rights movement had yet to take off.
Taylor Swift has popularized country music to a large audience around the world, but has often been criticized for portraying relationships involving weak and vulnerable women. But this theme is not alien to country music, far from that. In fact, country western is one of the only musical genres where this tragically frequent phenomenon is addressed.