Taylor Mac’s “A 24-Decade History of Popular Music” Performance

The New York Times’ Wesley Morris had the uncommon, extraordinary experience of, as he explains, sitting in on “246 songs spanning 240 years for 24 straight hours,” performed by artist Taylor Mac during his “A 24-Decade History of Popular Music” extravaganza. Morris’ takeaway was one of wonder and appreciation, especially regarding Mac’s moral grasp and the way he addressed “racism, chauvinism, homophobia, misogyny and white supremacy.” All of this was done through song and costuming. Morris also notes that the audience was essential here, being tasked with everything from participating in war reenaction to moving chairs. A napping loft provided a reprieve for anyone wishing to capture quick sleep, but not many did. Mac managed to engage for its entirety, a whopping feat requiring untold amounts of energy and charisma.