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In praise of Jay-Z

By Will Daunt  

After the promotional giant Mean Fiddler took over organisation of the Glastonbury festival in 2004, cynics argued that the move was symbolic of the demise of music festivals in general: once a bastion of anti-establishment sentiment, Glastonbury had become complacent, corporate and disingenuous. The fact that Glastonbury’s organiser, Michael Eavis (now succeeded by his daughter Emily), pioneered the very concept of a music festival has, if anything, worked against him. How could a man responsible for capturing so much revolutionary spirit concede to the pressures of sponsorship and security? Critics branded the new Glastonbury as an overpriced, cocaine-fuelled blowout for…

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