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American Anthem

On 'Fanfare For The Common Man,' An Anthem For The American Century

Written in the thick of WWII, Aaron Copland's piece seems to have hope woven between its notes. Mandalit del Barco asks why so many who hear it, from presidents to prog rockers, are still so moved.

Black Helicopters Necro
No Tomorrow Necro
Director The Antlers

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Bill Browder Doubts He'll Be Swapped To Russia For U.S. Access To Russian Agents

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Utakata Anan Ryoko
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HUMBLE. Kendrick Lamar
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I do Exist The Civil Wars
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On 'Fanfare For The Common Man,' An Anthem For The American Century

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Unknown Unknown
Fanfare for the Common Man Fanfare for the Common Man
Worst Enemy Gucci Mane
Fragile Memories Mokhov
Jurassic Park-Main Theme
Emotion Uppermost
Shalom Audience Yamanz
Son of... Yamanz
Whole Heart Gryffin, Bipolar Sunshine
Raining Patterns CFCF
Postcard from 1952 Explosions in the Sky