- By Bobby PierceBobby Pierce is an editorial researcher at Foreign Policy.
Andrew W.K. is a musician, nightclub owner, children’s show host, motivational speaker, and news commentator who has penned tracks such as, “Party ‘til you Puke,” “Party Party Party,” “Long Live the Party,” “It’s Time to Party,” “Party Hard,” “Big Party,” and “Dance Party.”
He says of art and entertainment, “I want my jaw to be on the floor completely out of my comfort zone. In life we are fortunate to have comfort, so art and entertainment should take us away from that.”
So, what does former Secretary of State Dean Acheson have to do with Andrew W.K.’s latest album? More than you would think. The album, ’55 Cadillac, is an instrumental piano album inspired by his experience with the title car. The car, it turns out used to be owned by architect of the Cold War, Dean Acheson. And W.K. thinks his spirit may have lingered.
“The only time the car ran well was when my wife was in it,” W.K. said. “I wondered if the car was somehow… It didn’t want me to own it.”
He said maybe he didn’t fit the idea of an ideal person to Acheson, explaining why the car didn’t work for him. On the other hand Acheson did share a room with legendary composer Cole Porter in law school, so maybe he had an affinity for musicians, W.K. said. “Maybe Dean Acheson has been watching down on me,” he said. “But I’m no Cole Porter.”
Oddly enough, W.K.’s views on global governance aren’t that far removed from Acheson’s. “I am very interested in where things are headed,” said W.K. who has been closely following the events at the UN. “The idea of a centralized world government, a one world civilization appeals to me.”
He said he would like to see people to start identifying by planet rather than nation, pointing to the internet as a place where globalism exists, where people act more as citizens of the world.
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Daniel W. Drezner is professor of international politics at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and a senior editor at The National Interest. Prior to Fletcher, he taught at the University of Chicago and the University of Colorado at Boulder. Drezner has received fellowships from the German Marshall Fund of the United States, the Council on Foreign Relations, and Harvard University. He has previously held positions with Civic Education Project, the RAND Corporation, and the Treasury Department.| Daniel W. Drezner |