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In truth, Ravi Shankar
couldn’t stand the hippies

Telegraph [UK], by Mick Brown

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Posted By:Pluperfect, 12/14/2012 5:03:02 AM

Ravi Shankar always displayed a slightly ambivalent attitude to the extraordinary enthusiasm with which his music – sober-minded, serious, not a little taxing – was greeted by younger Western audiences in the Sixties. At Madison Square Garden in 1971, in the celebrated Concert for Bangladesh which had been organised by his friend George Harrison, the first plangent chords of Shankar’s sitar-playing were received with rapturous applause, obliging him to lecture the audience: “If you like our tuning so much, I hope you will enjoy the playing even more.” The confusion was understandable.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: zzzghy, 12/14/2012 7:18:50 AM     (No. 9064807)

Is there anything about a hippie that doesn´t stink?

Cool article.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Bevan, 12/14/2012 7:54:03 AM     (No. 9064877)

"I hate hippies!"
Eric Cartman

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Reply 3 - Posted by: civilservant, 12/14/2012 8:31:34 AM     (No. 9064935)

"The godfather of world music"......
If that ain´t a reason to hate the guy I don´t know what is..........

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Phil_hk, 12/14/2012 8:31:55 AM     (No. 9064936)

"Gee dad you´d make a good hippie. You´re dirty, self-righteous and lazy"

Lisa Simpsom

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Country Boy, 12/14/2012 9:31:45 AM     (No. 9065032)

Seems like a very interesting guy, but I don´t have any appetite for that music.

Just give me Vivaldi in the am, Beethoven in the pm.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: fayebeck, 12/14/2012 9:46:59 AM     (No. 9065070)

His music was as boring as the movie Chariots of Fire.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: earlybird, 12/14/2012 9:59:40 AM     (No. 9065105)

His music was adopted by the hippies. Perhaps one needed to be stoned to appreciate it? But he didn´t adopt them. He just knew where his (limited) market was.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: kanphil, 12/14/2012 10:24:49 AM     (No. 9065156)

Ravi Shankar was a classically trained sitarist. His music appeals to millions upon millions of people. I think it was not the music which grabbed the hippies, but its exotic origins and drugs. The Beatles for example, were not interested in the music except for its association with drugs and Eastern exoticism.

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