Tuesday, 14 September 2010


I rather like the musician Boris Grebenshikov's comment: 'I do not think songs can be political, any more than sunshine can be political. It is the right to enjoy them that is political'. I like this, but I don't think its right, not so much because it ignores the fact that sunshine is naturally occurring where songs are made by human beings (although there's something in that), as the fact that I'm not sure an 'artwork' and 'the right to enjoy an artwork' can, really, be separated out like this. They're part of the same thing, actually.

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