Jennifer Krasinski recounts her experience with Taylor Mac’s A 24 – Decade History of Popular Music, which she first encountered in selection in 2015 at New York Live Arts, and then saw in its entirety at St. Ann’s Warehouse in 2016. She reviews the structure of the production, in which Mac performs American music from each decade of us history. Krasinski observes that Mac uses “popular” to mean not “true greatness” but rather the more complex, and perhaps uncomfortable, idea of “concocted hierarchy.” She concludes by using each segment of Mac’s performance to reflect on cultural and political realities of both the periods examined and the present day.

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