XOM and the question of music

In Review: XOM’s Rockyoke About 400 years ago, when I was an undergraduate, it was my pleasure to make the acquaintance of John Sloboda, professor of psychology with a particular interest in the psychology of music. For Professor Sloboda, music is “a way of defining community”: My eyes were really opened to this when I […]

XOM and the question of music, part 2

In Review: XOM’s Rock ‘N’ Roll Sing-along Part Two: The Greatest Gift British Oak, Stirchley: 20th December 2018 Christmas comes but once a year, and as Christopher Hitchens remarked, you can’t get away from it then, like a one-party state, with its regulation songs, symbols and, ‘sickly Santa Claus obsequies’. Contrary to popular belief, even […]

XOM and the question of music, part 3

In Review: XOM’s classic Rockyoke Part Three: Another Overload The Boar’s Head, Kidderminster, 23 March 2019 Kidderminster, described by Pevsner, the art and architecture historian, as “uncommonly devoid of visual pleasure and architectural interest”, can claim some musical heritage as part of the Midlands scene. Robert Plant played some of his early gigs here, while […]