Earlier this evening, the above motion was debated at the University of Cambridge Union. The proposition side included Greg Sandow and DJ Kissy Sell Out, while the opposition included Ivan Hewett and Stephen Fry. Unfortunately, I missed the live stream of the debate on the Union Society website, so I’m itching to watch it as soon as it gets posted. The motion is, obviously, a very strong one, but one which I would agree with, and I’ll be interested to see to what extent my own interests in the subject – which specifically revolve around new music and classical music’s need to regain its contemporaneity – fit in with what might have been a wider discussion around whether young people can really relate to old art. I’m also tensing myself for all the essentialist assumptions and moralisms that might crop up. Cambridge isn’t exactly the most culturally relativist establishment, plus they do all worship Stephen Fry there.
Well, some preliminary reading –> Kissy Sell Out in the Independent
AND listening… –> Kissy Sell Out and Stephen Fry on Radio 4
Watch the debate (eventually, apparently) HERE
+++ READ MY IN-DEPTH DECONSTRUCTION OF THE DEBATE -> HERE <- +++