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Iggy Pop to give this year’s John Peel lecture on ‘free music in a capitalist society’
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Iggy Pop to give this year’s John Peel lecture on ‘free music in a capitalist society’

Stooges frontman Iggy Pop is set to deliver this year’s John Peel lecture, due to take place at the Radio Festival in Salford on October 13th. The subject of the lecture will be the idea of ‘free music in a capitalist society’.

He is the fourth speaker to conduct the lecture, with Pete Townshend, Billy Bragg and Charlotte Church having been previous guest speakers for the event, covering topics such as digital downloads and female representation in the music industry.

Speaking about the late broadcaster after which the lectures are named, the singer said: “I get the feeling that John was the kind of guy who would have done his job for nothing, as long as he felt great about it. So we have that in common. I was interested to learn that he found his voice in large part through his wanderings in America. Sometimes it takes strange circumstances to provide a mirror in which to find yourself. Anyway, he’s done a lot to give others a voice, and that’s the most important gift you can give. Here was a person with strong opinions and enthusiasms who wasn’t defined by any system, because of that his show became an exciting location, kind of like a shop that’s a good hang. So it was a social as well as a musical phenomenon.”

The lecture will be broadcast live on BBC 6Music and is also due to air on BBC 4 at 8:00pm on October 19th.

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