Latest Issue

Not quite like teen spirit

In little over ten years, British music festivals like Glastonbury have changed from squalid teenage rites of passage into fun-filled family breaks. And what is wrong with that?

By Nick Crowe   August 2009

Just move your belly a little bit to the left,” says artist Katie Sarra to her client, loading her brush with a thick dollop of pinkish paint. Her client is Baz, also known as Baz Lightning. On his 32nd birthday he was struck by lightning which melted the gold chain around his neck. A scar runs down his torso, tracing the path of the bolt as it leapt towards the metal key in his pocket, leaving his body wasted.

A specialist in abstract erotic art, Katie is painting Baz’s body, which now resides permanently in a wheelchair. Her curtained studio…

Register today to continue reading

You’ve hit your limit of three articles in the last 30 days. To get seven more, simply enter your email address below.

You’ll also receive our free e-book Prospect’s Top Thinkers 2020 and our newsletter with the best new writing on politics, economics, literature and the arts.

Prospect may process your personal information for our legitimate business purposes, to provide you with newsletters, subscription offers and other relevant information.

Click here to learn more about these purposes and how we use your data. You will be able to opt-out of further contact on the next page and in all our communications.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

We want to hear what you think about this article. Submit a letter to

More From Prospect