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3 links to pieces by David Bowden, TV columnist at Spiked

Is the x factor ruining music?

http://www.prospectmagazine.co.uk/2010/10/x-factor-battle-of-ideas/

http://blogs.independent.co.uk/2010/10/06/can-you-teach-an-x-factor-singer-to-have-soul/

http://www.spiked-online.com/index.php/site/article/9762/

I hope to get to this meeting on Thursday:

BATTLE SATELLITE "X-Factor: singing in the name of quality?"
Thursday, October 14 · 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Royal College of Music, Prince Consort Road, South Kensington, London SW7 2BS

TV talent shows have made stars of ‘pop-opera’ singers like Paul Potts, G4 and Rhydian, as well as conventional pop acts. Do these shows offer an opportunity to tap talent excluded from elitist cultural institutions, or reduce serious singers to the same level as dancing dogs and warbling binmen?

Speakers:

Sarah Boyes, assistant editor, Culture Wars; editor, Battles in Print Christopher Cook, visiting professor, University of the Arts, London broadcaster, BBC Radio 3; chair, Cheltenham Music Festival
Mark Frith, editor, Time Out London; former editor, Heat and Smash Hits Barb Jungr singer, writer and performer
Norman Lebrecht, cultural commentator
Michael Rosewell, director of opera, Royal College of Music
Peter Whittle, director, New Culture Forum

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