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View Poll Results: Which English-speaking country produce the best music?
The United Kingdom 99 40.57%
Ireland 4 1.64%
The United States 106 43.44%
Canada 14 5.74%
Australia 8 3.28%
New Zealand 4 1.64%
Jamaica 2 0.82%
Other (which?) 7 2.87%
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Old 12-05-2010, 07:58 PM   #301 (permalink)
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UK or US, not sure...
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Old 12-06-2010, 09:22 AM   #302 (permalink)
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US seconded by UK thirded by the frankly underrated Canada. If California were it's own country it'd still probably be in the lead. Yet, USA has a definitive geographical advantage, if you were to take a United States sized portion out of Middle Europe you'd be miles ahead of the rest of the list, even if they aren't English speaking countries.

Non-English countries like those from the Netherlands, Japan, and Russia(mostly for classical) also definitely are strong competitors even if not valid list choices for obvious reasons.
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Old 12-06-2010, 09:53 AM   #303 (permalink)
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I'll take the US on this one, although I'm quite enamored with a large amount of UK acts as well. (Queen, Bowie, Sex Pistols, Beatles, Sarah Brightman, The Who, Pink Floyd...)

The U.S., however...

Bob Dylan
The Grateful Dead
Frank Zappa
Trey Anastasio / Phish
Elliott Smith
Bright Eyes
Waylon Jennings
Bruce Springsteen
Bonnie Prince Billy / Will Oldham
Tom Waits
Steve Earle
Johnny Cash
Townes Van Zandt
Regina Spektor (I'll claim her as a U.S. act since she mostly grew up here)
DoseOne
Busdriver....

The list goes on and on.

Oh, I'll have to give Canada some props, too.
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Old 12-06-2010, 06:48 PM   #304 (permalink)
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The U.S., distinctly American artists that come to mind:

Bob Dylan
Captain Beefheart
Miles Davis
Thelonious Monk
John Coltrane
Philip Glass
John Cage
Robert Johnson
Townes van Zandt
Pavement
Sonic Youth
Talking Heads

The diversity of American music is another thing that trumps the UK. The UK has produced some great rock and pop musicians, but the jazz, blues, and classical genres are still and always have been dominated by Americans.
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Old 12-07-2010, 09:37 AM   #305 (permalink)
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The diversity of American music is another thing that trumps the UK. The UK has produced some great rock and pop musicians, but the jazz, blues, and classical genres are still and always have been dominated by Americans.
Classical has always been dominated by Americans? I hope you're only talking about within the anglosphere. But even at that it still doesn't seem like a very likely statement.
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Old 12-07-2010, 10:06 AM   #306 (permalink)
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Classical has always been dominated by Americans? I hope you're only talking about within the anglosphere. But even at that it still doesn't seem like a very likely statement.
I was thinking more contemporary classical, Americans have contributed much more to contemporary classical than British musicians. And yeah, of course I mean just the Anglosphere.
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I still have to listen to a lot of music (and not only classical, BTW) but I think the few names I mentioned before (Leonard Bernstein, George Gershwin, Samuel Barber, Elmer Bernstein and John Cage) can give an idea of the American contribution to contemporary classical music.

Also, film-music composers, but that's another matter.

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Yeah, not to mention the fact that whole minimalist movement was led and initiated by Americans. Philip Glass, John Adams, Terry Riley, Steve Reich, etc.
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For me it's a toss-up between Canada and Scandinavia. I chose Canada on the poll.
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For me it's a toss-up between Canada and Scandinavia. I chose Canada on the poll.
That's a sensible choice considering that Scandinavia isn't a country and isn't a part of the Anglosphere.
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