Brit­tany Spanos

Smithsonian Magazine - - Contributors -

As a kid, Spanos loved to read about her fa­vorite bands, like Green Day and Nir­vana. The young fan wanted to know ev­ery­thing about them, from what they were in­spired by to what they were lis­ten­ing to. See­ing the film Al­most Fa­mous in mid­dle school ce­mented her dream of be­ing a mu­sic jour­nal­ist. To­day, Spanos is a staff writer at Rolling Stone. For our Amer­i­can In­ge­nu­ity is­sue, she pro­filed “one of the great­est artists of our gen­er­a­tion,” Janelle Monáe (p. 42). Spanos says, “She’s found some of the smartest ways to com­bine ac­tivism and per­sonal val­ues with her art while also mak­ing re­ally eas­ily con­sum­able pop mu­sic.”

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