Thu 26 Nov 2015, 7pm

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Price: £5


The Guardian, Kings Place, 90 York Way, London‎ N1 9GU

Image: courtesy of James Medcraft


Iconic tales of schoolboy rock and roll bands creating new music movements, or Teddy boy pioneers re-routing fashion history tell a story of pop as a crucible for social transformation and class mobilisation. Does popular culture offer the same opportunities for young ambitious artists today? Or were the middle decades of the 20th century just a blip when the postwar climate led to better opportunities for working class young people in the arts? Should we now accept that the arts always were and will always be the preserve of the privileged?


Stuart Maconie is a broadcaster, critic and acclaimed writer working in the field of pop music and popular culture.

Helen Reddington, formerly Helen McCookerybook, is a singer and bass player for The Chefs and author of The Lost Women of Rock Music: Female Musicians of the Punk Era.

Pauline Black is a British actress, author and lead singer of Ska group The Selecter.

Stuart Worden is the Principal of The BRIT School, a British performing arts and technology school in the London Borough of Croydon, whose alumni include Adele, Rizzle Kicks and Amy Winehouse.

James Young is part of critically acclaimed, electronic music duo Darkstar whose third studio album Foam Island was released in September 2015

The debate will be chaired by journalist and Guardian music critic Jude Rogers. Jude writes extensively on pop music and has been a Mercury Music Prize judge for six years.