Into the Zone That Ain’t Country

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Country? Rap? Lil Nas X’s chart-topping “Old Town Road” revived a long debate about borders and boundaries in American popular music. To sort out this strange history, Hari heads down to the foothills of Virginia, where a legendary collection of blues records holds the key to understanding the insidious separation of “Black” and “white” culture.

The Host

Hari Kunzru

Hari Kunzru is the author of six novels: White Tears, Gods Without Men, My Revolutions,Transmission,The Impressionist, and his latest, Red Pill. His work has been translated into 21 languages, and…