Music: Trapped in a Musical Elevator

Muzak, now 50, soothes (or irritates) 80 million people a day

Yes, this was the year in which Ronald Reagan was re-elected to the White House, but those with a broader historical perspective have other things to commemorate. Like the 400th anniversary of Sir Walter Raleigh's first colony in the New World, the 300th anniversary of the completion of the Hall of Mirrors at Versailles, the 200th anniversary of Mozart's Marriage of Figaro, the 100th anniversary of the first volume of the Oxford English Dictionary and the 50th anniversary of Muzak. Muzak? Wouldn't that...

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