Paying the Piper: Culture, Music, and Money

Paying the Piper: Culture, Music, and Money

Paying the Piper: Culture, Music, and Money

Paying the Piper: Culture, Music, and Money

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When I left what would surely be my final assignment as Homo Quango -- Chairman of the Scottish Arts Council and a member of the Arts Council of Great Britain (1986-92) -- I thought it a good moment to set down a few ideas about the political economy of the arts. An easy way of doing this would have been to assemble an edition of collected articles and papers written over the last twenty-five years. I have gone through this type of operation before, but have not found it an entirely satisfying experience. Edinburgh University Press were prepared to proceed on these lines, and I contemplated writing the usual apologetic introduction justifying the selection and claiming that I had a few fresh thoughts to offer in some supplementary notes. However, its Chairman, David Martin, made it clear that he would still prefer a new book, reminding me of his amusing aside some years ago that he was always surprised at how well my books for him had sold! Flattery, even of this qualified kind, will get him anywhere, so I have obliged him, though I have inserted one or two excerpts from previous publications where it seemed appropriate. Besides, most of the articles would have had to be addressed to those with a knowledge of economics, or at least of the economist's ways of thinking, and I agreed with EUP that perhaps it was time an economist justified to a wider public the contribution of his/her subject to understanding the world of culture.

I thought for a long while and decided that I could avoid some of the more austere features of the professional discourse of the . . .

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