Other Pop Uses of Whitman

Billy Bragg and Wilco have been directly related to the Whitman ethos, recording dozens of new melodies for Woody Guthrie lyrics. The String Cheese Incident is a band known to recite Whitman (and even have Whitman impersonators on stage) during their concerts. Even the queen of pop. Madonna, recognizes Whitman. In her song "Sanctuary" (from Bedtime Stones), she quotes Whitman's poem, "Vocalism."

It does seem that Whitman spoke in the right voice for many music performers in America today. In the next lecture we will see how Whitman speaks to other voices that up until now have been excluded from our discussions.

Bruce Springsteen

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