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The Misguided Debate Over “Rich Men North of Richmond”

The Misguided Debate Over “Rich Men North of Richmond”

Why is so much press coverage of this viral song focused solely on politics? Oliver Anthony / RadioWV / YouTube August 18, 2023, 11:09 AM ET Welcome to Up for Debate. Each week, Conor Friedersdorf rounds up timely conversations and solicits reader responses to one thought-provoking question. Later, he publishes some thoughtful replies. Sign up for the newsletter here. Question of the Week What do you think of the viral hit song “Rich Men North of Richmond”? Send your responses to [email protected] or simply reply to this email. Conversations of Note Last Tuesday, an obscure YouTube channel was updated with a three-minute-and-10-second video of a man with a red beard and a guitar standing outdoors singing an original song called “Rich Men North of Richmond.” As I write, that video featuring the theretofore unknown singer-songwriter Oliver Anthony has exceeded 18 million views. The song has been uploaded to, and is thriving on, all the major streaming platforms. And it is selling copies. The song reached No. 1 on the all-genre iTunes chart, the Los Angeles …