Popular Music Coverage
To the Editor:
While The World & I has been publishing articles on country music about once a year, this magazine has yet to acknowledge the existence of hip- hop music and culture. I am not a great fan of hip-hop music, but I am very interested to learn more about why this music has become so successful, particularly among young people. Whether we like it or not, hip-hop has transformed the culture of America. In 1998 hip-hop music outsold country music, which previously had been America's top-selling format. That's why The World & I, a magazine that aims to be a chronicle of our changing times, should no longer ignore hip-hop--even if this means that there will be less articles on country music.
Claude Aubert Lanham, Maryland
Arts editor Stephen Henkin replies:
Although Mr. Aubert is well meaning in his suggestion to replace coverage of country music with that of hip-hop, I do not think that this is the best solution to the problem he presents. Here is some information supporting the coverage of country music "once a year," and probably more often.
First, it is by far the most widely listened to form of music in America, with almost 2,500 …
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Publication information: Article title: Popular Music Coverage. Contributors: Not available. Magazine title: The World and I. Volume: 14. Issue: 12 Publication date: December 1999. Page number: 16. © 1999 News World Communications, Inc. COPYRIGHT 1999 Gale Group.