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In the early 60s. There was great excitement about the music that was going on, what we had heard had happened in America—poetry and jazz. But then, all the poetry and jazz I'd heard seemed to be a battle between the jazz and the words. On the other hand, music expects lyrics. So it seemed logical to (a) work with what was to hand (the Beat groups) and (b) work in an idiom that was word-friendly rather than word-antipathetic. Pop music is a vehicle for words.                 
Adrian Henri, interviewed in The Argotist magazine, 1996



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