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Seldes discusses popular songs. He calls this one of the less controversial lively arts. He notes, however, that recently "rock and roll" music has elicited some outcry because of vulgar lyrics. He describes a blind man singing pop music for change in the subway.
He discusses what makes songs stick around for a long time - themes like love and war. Also, poppy songs that have lasting power versus those that do not.
Seldes speaks briefly about the fight against censorship, as related to burlesque.
Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection
WNYC archives id: 70355
Municipal archives id: LT6401