myTunes: Music and Identity

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Producer: CBC Radio 2
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Today, it seems, everyone has the opportunity to create their very own personal soundtrack to their lives. There’s a very simple reason that the iPod starts with the letter “I”. On this episode of The Nerve, host Jowi Taylor examines how music plays an integral part in everyone’s identity, regardless of class, race, religion, education, gender, or sexuality. But wait – no, in fact, it’s got everything to do with class, race, religion, education, gender and sexuality.

Just how much power does music have to create a sense of “me” and “you”, of “us” and “them”? How can songs written by other people be described as your tunes or my tunes? The Nerve 5 declares its own musical identity.