The Art Of Pop

Jarvis Cocker, one of many notable pop musicians to have experienced an art school training, explores the connections between British art schools and pop.

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British art wouldn't have developed the way it did without the lively influence of urban pop subcultures, from teddy boys and rock to punk and rave. And the music would never have been so quirky and individual without artists who decided to try their hand at pop - a process that began with the jazz revivalists of the early 1950s.

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The 1960s and 70s saw numerous pop groups springing from a freethinking art school background. The biggest names in British pop, from the Beatles and Rolling Stones to Roxy Music and the Sex Pistols, all owed something to an art school influence. But successive governments were concerned about the kind of education art schools were offering. Reform, as well as revolution, was in the air.

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Visiting several of today's biggest British art schools and talking to some of the current crop of students, Jarvis explores possible ways in which artists will continue to have an impact on the pop industry, and the immense changes in music and sound production which are beginning to infiltrate art.