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When We Were Free to BeLooking Back at a Children's Classic and the Difference It Made$
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Lori Rotskoff and Laura L. Lovett

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780807837238

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807837559_rotskoff

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Getting the Message Audiences Respond to Free to Be … You and Me

Getting the Message Audiences Respond to Free to Be … You and Me

(p.127) Getting the Message Audiences Respond to Free to Be … You and Me
When We Were Free to Be

Lori Rotskoff

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter argues that no analysis of Free to Be … You and Me would be complete without an overview of how original audiences responded to it. As the three versions of Free to Be were absorbed into homes, classrooms, and libraries between 1972 and 1976, listeners and viewers registered their reactions in detailed reviews, celebratory raves, and occasional rants. Sales figures reveal its popularity: Selling more than five hundred thousand copies in the first few years after its release, the album achieved Gold Record status, a fact that delighted the album's creators and early supporters. Because many children who did not own a copy of the record at home heard it replayed in schools and other social settings, its influence was greater than those numbers alone suggest.

Keywords:   original audiences, Free to Be, detailed reviews, Gold Record status

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