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Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Entartete Music - more

Following on from the previous post, there is a discussion thread on the topic at the Times Education Supplement website. Most of the contributors seem to think the song shouldn't have been on the syllabus in the first place (mostly because it's not very good rather on account of any moral scruples). I was interested, though, in this comment from alaplage:

Robert King - founder of the King's Consort- and acknowledged successful musician was sentenced to 3 years 9 months last year for 14 counts of indecent assault, the youngest victim being 12. Yet they're still playing his performances on the likes of Radio 3 and Classic FM and he's, presumably, still raking in the cash.In fact, I don't remember much publicity about this at all. Are classical musicians too boring to get worked up about?

The always informative Register has a little more detail on the original report here. I noted the contribution to the debate by "anti-child abuse campaigners" Shy Keenan and Sara Payne, to the effect that "This stonking great child molester should crawl back under the rock he came from, not be celebrated for his music." With intelligent comment like that being added to the call for more censorship in schools, it is clear that "anti-child abuse campaigners" means "campaigners for anti-child abuse".

Sara Payne of course is infamous for her proposal (acting as a mouthpiece for the News of the World) of "Sarah's Law", a British version of Megan's Law which would make it much easier for vigilante mobs to pour petrol through the letterboxes of sex offenders once they had served their sentences. I had been about to say that fortunately too many of our legislators had brains and/or morals for it ever to happen. Silly me, to forget Jacqui Smith. Still, now the lives of the 12% or so of paedophiles (see here) who have already been punished can be ruined further, while the others can carry on happy in the knowledge that everyone is looking the other way.

Shy Keenan appears to be the author of Broken, on which the sample of her eloquence quoted above has not persuaded me to waste any time. Now if she had flashbacks triggered by Gary Glitter records I could forgive her intemperate yowlings on what our schoolchildren should be allowed to listen to. Actually, according to this interview, she has them when she hears Jimmy Ruffin's What Becomes of the Broken-Hearted? Now that she and her pals have succeeded in hounding the AQA into purging Gary Glitter, what's the betting Jimmy Ruffin will be next?

Both because it's a great record, and as an anti-Keenan talisman should she or others of her kind pass by, here is WBOTBH: