Hey, that's *my* soul station, Geoff! I am brandishing my brick from the Stax building as we speak.
Grovel, grovel. I will beat myself over the head with a stack of student essays. Of course it is!! I could send you my ticket stub from the Al Green concert as an act of contrition.
Geoff, as a Media Studies expert, what do you think of the Facebook phenomenon of Save Radio NZ.
Hmm. "Expert' Never did like that word. I think FB can prove its worth in such times but I wonder what political impact it might be having. Certainly the comments on FB have not been of the same calibre as the commentaries here.
I know it's me but I'm buggered if I can find that comment.
Gio: it is back there, as a general refrain. I just don't want to personalise things, when it is the ideas which are so important here.
Well put, Ben. I have been persuaded by some--but not all of the cases being put forward here. Privately, I still think there is something wrong (and a wee bit arrogant) about privileging one music genre over another. Nevertheless, publically I would most probably defend the continuing existence of Concert FM if it is shown to be serving a public godo, its demise would cause great concern, people would be out of a job etc. As a compromise position, I would also support sensitive and appropriate underwriting or commercial sponsorship.
Who said that?
I was attempting to avoid naming names but Jan Farr did so some time back, and other less explicitly.
. I'd still ask you to be less vague in terms of the specific Duttonish claims made here.
Just in terms of some of the judgements being made about cultural value/cultural capital (evoking Bourdieu) eg classical music is 'serious'. So, the rest is what? If we were truly egalitarian, should we not also be calling bfm to be fully funded, Sofie's soul music station to hit the airwaves (I would be an avid listener), a station for children's music etc etc?
Feel free to be less vague.
Y'all don't know Denis Dutton? The Univ of Canterbury self-appointed guardian of all that is Great and Good in culture--and a pox upon what might be popular and cheerful and ephemeral. He is also great at personalising attacks, rather than engaging with ideas. I once was accused by him of being 'envious' because I dared criticise the hoo-haa around the America's Cup.
Meanwhile, while we all play this "shoot-at-the-evil-Ludwig-van-Beethoven" shell game, the actual elites (Sony, TimeWarner, etc. etc.) get away with handing us our culture
Agreed, but that is not to say that a number of major labels selling classical recordings are also part of these conglomerates.
High culture assumptions about entitlement, class and privilege should be as open to investigation as are the shortcomings of crass commercialism. There is a rather worrying Denis Duttonish view of the world creeping into some of the judgements being made hee.
Yeah, we need to round up all those turntables which the DJs are using, despite their obsolescence.
There may be something in this. A couple of years back, Frank Stark was recommending we all buy a VCR or two, and store them away as the dominant disc format may not always be with us--something to do with the inadequacy of the glue holding the layers together.
Whilst we are giving away stuff, I have a bunch of CD new music samplers (mainly from The Word) I am happy to post to anyone who might like them. Just bung me an email.
Arcade Fire were reviewed by William Dart on his New Horizons programme, on 6 May 2007 and 22 March 2009.
Thanks, Paul. William is a real treasure (he is in the Music Dept at Waikato) and often is a breathe of fresh air in a programme lineup that often sound like it could be coming out of Sussex in 1963.