Sunday, September 08, 2019


Popular Music

J.W.N. Sullivan (1886-1937), But for the Grace of God (London: Jonathan Cape, 1932), p. 60:
One never realises the vulgarity of human beings so acutely as when listening to the mindless bawling of popular songs.
Lee De Forest (1873-1961), speech to the National Association of Broadcasters (1947):
What have you done with my child? He was conceived as a potent instrumentality for culture, fine music, the uplifting of America's mass intelligence. You have debased this child, you have sent him out into the streets in rags of ragtime, tatters of jive and boogie music, to collect money from all and sundry for hubba bubba and audio jitterbug.

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