The NPR 100
Throughout the year 2000, NPR presented the stories behind 100 of the most important American musical works of the 20th century, across all styles and genres.
Commentator Evelyn C. White describes the life-affirming effect that Aretha Franklin's powerful anthem, "Respect," had on her and other young black women growing up in the turbulent 1960s. Though the song was written by Otis Redding, it came to help define Franklin's career.
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July 3, 2000 Folklorist Nick Spitzer tells the story of Woody Guthrie's leftist national anthem.