Robert Wyatt: “Pop is the folk music of the industrial age” (Q343 Preview)

Robert Wyatt: “Pop is the folk music of the industrial age” (Q343 Preview)

RobertwyattIn Q343, our latest issue out now, Q enjoys a rare audience with Robert Wyatt at his Lincolnshire home.

Speaking around the release of new compilation Different Every Time, the musical maverick talks to Dorian Lynskey about his career, and his views on music, politics and more.

“I was very uncomfortable with having fans who, said, ‘Your music is so much better than all that banal pop music.’” declares the man who’s version of I’m A Believer reached the Top 40 and who once tried to book Popstars winners Hear’Say to play his Meltdown festival in 2001.

“It sounds like a socialist thing to say but pop music is the music of the people. It’s the folk music of the industrial age. If you don’t respect popular culture you don’t respect people, in which case your political opinion is of no great value.”

Get Q343, out now in print and digital, for the full, extensive and candid interview.