Lincoln Performing Arts Centre

University of Lincoln, Brayford Pool, Lincoln, LN6 7TS

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Martin Cloonan & Ole Reitov


Martin Cloonan is Professor of Popular Music Politics at the University of Glasgow, author of ‘Popular Music and the State in the UK’ and Co-editor of ‘Policing Pop’

Ole Reitov is co-editor of ‘Smashed Hits – the Book of Banned Music’. UNESCO has recently selected Ole as an
expert on artistic freedom.

Why do governments seek to intervene in popular music? Who should decide whether certain lyrics are
acceptable or not?