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Mike Hurst Lecture

Mike Hurst Lecture

Mike Hurst Lecture to 6.2s

At Midday on Friday 9th September, the 6.2 Yeargroup began their Lecture series, aimed at broadening their understanding and interests ahead of university applications, with a fantastic talk, including several mini-performances, from music icon Mike Hurst.

Armed simply with a guitar and a microphone, Mr. Hurst proceeded to positively amaze all in attendance. He proclaimed that he would inform us all about the story of 'popular music' and so began his epic re-telling of the conception of the world's most popular phenomenon. Surprisingly, he revealed Shakespeare to have been the first great lyricist, not an accolade which even Radley's 'Shake Soc' would have thought to attribute to the great playwright.

Mr Hurst then gave an in-depth view of all the various stages of evolution which 'pop music' saw, as African polyrhythmic music became adopted by minstrels and then off-beat music emerged, with all previous incarnations being mixed into jazz, made popular by the likes of Louis Armstrong. Of course Sinatra's impact was crucial in incorporating teenagers into the group of people who listened to music; but then the insatiable desire to rebel was finally filled by a fresh face: Elvis. With his history ending at modern day boy-bands, which Mr. Hurst confessed he felt were all too alike, he proceeded to give a challenging final statement, as he suggested that there was in fact too much talent existing in the music industry nowadays. But he felt that great lyrics would still prevail through the fog of the thousands of other identical acts, hopefully an inspiration to any Radleians aspiring to make music themselves.

Thus, the talk was not only very informative, but also brilliantly entertaining and the immense talent of Mike Hurst was clearly on display for all to witness and it was certainly a true privilege to have him give such a fantastic lecture.

Report and Picture by Arthur Dingemans, C Social 6.2

 

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