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Five worst American bands playing Irish music

Much has been made of the politically incorrect sin of appropriating a culture that is not your own. From the blackface minstrel shows of the 19th Century to the hippies finding sacred Native American beads and headbands to be some pretty groovy threads, Americans have been tripping over the cultural legacy for a long time. And while pretty much everyone agrees that a national embarrassment such as blackface will always be good cause for head shaking, most seem to have gotten over Elvis Presley stealing rock and roll from black culture and then being crowned king. It's a fine between theft and tribute -- with no clear definition on either side.
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