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A barefoot star from my youth has turned up as an unlikely champion of working class musicians. Attacks the Simon Cowell ersatz music star machine into the bargain. Speaking to a Culture, Media and Sport select committee Shaw said:

“Finance is the biggest barrier for emerging artists… At the moment, unless you’re Mumford & Sons and come from a public school and have a rich family that can support you, you’re on the dole and you’re trying to work and by the time you get a sniff of a record contract you just grab anything that they might offer you.”
Shaw told MPs: “So many artists are disadvantaged. They cannot start because of their background and the best music comes from those in challenging backgrounds, it comes from Glasgow, Manchester, Essex, it comes from places and people that are really struggling to make some meaning out of their existence… So all we’re getting is a load of Simon Cowell-type stuff that is being paid for and owned by people and the artists are just mere puppets.”
Fuller report here:
http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/music/news/sandie-shaw-hits-out-at-music-industry-dominated-by-simon-cowell-8550494.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-21951431

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