Music: Total Patriotism

If patriotism can be instilled by merciless repetition of patriotic songs—as the dictator nations think it can—the U.S. will soon be patriotic indeed. By fiat of Dictator Jimmie Petrillo of the musicians' union (TIME, July 21), The Star-Spangled Banner is now played at the beginning & end of every professional musical program. This week employes in the RCA Victor plant in Camden, N.J. heard the national anthem before work every morning, on a Victor record piped through a public address system.

The singer who made the record bears the press-agented title of "The Star-Spangled Soprano"—Lucy Monroe. Soprano Monroe, who used to sing...

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