“The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down,” the iconic song from the Band’s self-titled 1969 album, served as a starting point for the Jandoli Institute’s Nov. 16, 2020, forum on music and social justice.
Presentation by Jandoli Institute Executive Director Richard Lee:
Commentary by Jack Hamilton, pop critic for Slate:
Commentary by Chris Mackowski, editor-in-chief of the Emerging Civil War blog:
Discussion: Do artists have an obligation to explain their songs?
Discussion: Are we erasing history?
Discussion: A musician’s perspective:
Discussion: Using an REM song as an example:
Songs, Statues and Solutions: Complete Program