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Musical inheritance: Why we pass our favorite music to the next generation




Rock singer Prince performs at the Forum in Inglewood, Calif., during his opening show, Feb. 18, 1985. (AP Photo/Liu Heung Shing)
Rock singer Prince performs at the Forum in Inglewood, Calif., during his opening show, Feb. 18, 1985. (AP Photo/Liu Heung Shing)
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This weekend, many Prince fans likely dusted off their LPs, tapes or CDs to play a cut for the kids.

Passing on music is a global tradition as old as music itself. But why do we bequeath the songs of our youth? And what does this musical inheritance mean to the next generation?

Take Two put that question to Shauna Redmond, associate professor of American Studies and Ethnicity at USC.

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