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Monday, May 09, 2005

Guardian Unlimited | Arts features | Do the arts matter? 

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And within this debate: does music matter?

The Observer, following in the spirit of John Carey's forthcoming book What Good are the Arts? asks the former question; the second is begged by their choice of interviewees. Other than Dominic Masters of the Others, there are no musicians on the list - and no concert musicians at all. Yet of the 14 people who give their views, nine mention music, and a tenth, Tessa Jowell, refers to "a personal heartland of images, sounds and expressions that we can draw on". Maybe music matters, but musicians less so?

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