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Sufjan Stevens’ Song About Tonya Harding Is A Resplendent Ode To A Complex Figure

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Tonya Harding illustration (right) by Stephen Halker

Indie rock enigma Sufjan Stevens has released a new song about maligned skating champion Tonya Harding. It’s a resplendent, charming ode that captures the complexity of both the song’s subject and its author.

Stevens also published an essay about the song called ‘Tonya Harding, My Star.’ In it, Stevens calls Harding “American’s sweetheart with a dark twist,” and says that he approached her story with a sense of humor and a sense of dignity. The song is unrelated to the forthcoming biopic I, Tonya. Listen here or at Bandcamp:

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