Our fabulous Larisa Mann is interviewed about the vast number of international cover versions of Adele’s smash hit “Hello”:
“I think people like to kind of speak back to the dominance of English language pop, everywhere,” she told me. “And there’s kind of a thrill in doing that.”
Dr. Mann told me about an old practice in Jamaica — when people pressed records, they would include an instrumental track on the B-side — specifically so that those who bought it could sing the song themselves.
In March, Dr. Mann will be giving a lecture on her research on how public housing and state neglect in England allowed pirate radio to flourish and why it matters. We’ll post information once it’s finalized.