JAMES BLUNT’S CRIME? IT AIN’T HARROW!
CERYS Matthews is an excellent broadcaster, but she is only half right about this, writes MoS music critic Tim
de Lisle. Yes, there are too few openings in the arts for working-class kids. But no, that does not mean class should dictate the music played on the radio.
By all means ignore James Blunt, left, if you find his songs cloying but don’t shun him on the grounds that he went to Harrow, because that wasn’t his decision.
And anyway, being at a famous boarding school is a mixed blessing for the budding rock star. It’s hard to get to gigs and you may be pressed into the orchestra when you long to be in the school band.
Music is too emotional, and too central to our lives, to be stopped at class barriers. Britain is great at pop of all kinds, from the educated rock of Pink Floyd and Radiohead to the raw power of the Sex Pistols. We should be encouraging young people from every walk of life to be their successors.