Not Enough “Working Class Heroes” in the Music Industry?

30 Jan

The BBC asks if the music industry “Has Gone Too Posh?” in a recent article online.

They point to a rise in privately-educated musicians with pop hits, rather than stars who came from poverty to conquer the industry. As always, the story is slightly more complicated. For every star musician that rose from extreme poverty, like Roger Daltrey and Keith Moon, there were those who came from middle class backgrounds, like John Lennon and Pete Townsend.

With that said, the BBC compared the current Top 40 chart with one from 20 years ago, and discovered that back in 1990 nearly 80 percent of artists were educated in state schools. Rolling Stone recently pointed out new hit artists, like Nicki Minaj, who attended drama schools.

With all that said, do you think the music suffers from private school pupils?

Would they have made it today?


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