Friday, 2 July 2010

Yoko? Oh No!

Final session of the day and we've gone all hippy, man. That is, Anne's paper is on Cuban youth listening to the Beatles, Mark and Gerry on the 'Helter Skelter' controversy, and Steve on how yoga's been turned into a commercial/secular activity. I'm really going to enjoy this one.

Possibly the best panel of all - the yoga paper explored the Western version of yoga, stripped of its ancient metaphysical aspects, 'Helter Skelter' was deconstructed lyrically and musicologically as a summary of the 'dark sixties' or the death of the 'light sixties', and the Cuba paper explored the tricky relationship between youth culture, the revolutionary authorities and foreign music. Totally fascinating. Now the boss is telling us about her trips abroad. For some reason.

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