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When Words Fail – A life with music, war and peace

June 16, 2019 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

FREE but booking with eventbrite is required
  • Sunday 16 June 2019, 5.30pm to 6.30pm
  • Location:Tempest Anderson Hall, Yorkshire Museum, Museum Gardens (Map)
  • Audience:Open to the public
  • Admission:Free admission, booking required

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Can music make the world a better place? Can it really ‘belong’ to anyone? Can the magic, mystery and incertitude of music – of the human brain meeting or making sound – stop wars, rehabilitate the broken, unite, educate or inspire?

From Jimi Hendrix playing Machine Gun at The Isle of Wight Festival in 1970 to the Bataclan under siege in 2015, Ed Vulliamy has lived the music, met the legends, and asks, when words fail, might we turn to music?

Join Ed, an Observer journalist for 20 years and the author of When Words Fail, as he presents a passionate investigation of the charged frontier between 20th-century music and politics.

About the speaker

Ed Vulliamy is the author of When Words Fail: A Life with Music, War and Peace and Amexica and The War is Dead: Long Love The War. He has been an Observer journalist for 20 years and is the author of the Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band 50th anniversary liner notes.


June 16, 2019
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
FREE but booking with eventbrite is required


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