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Available Expert - Phil Spector: Can bad people make good art?

Monday, January 18, 2021

Queen’s University music history expert Robb MacKay (Dan School of Music and Drama) is available to speak about the passing of eccentric and revolutionary music producer Phil Spector. He was 81.

Spector had been hailed as a visionary for creating the "Wall of Sound" that merged spirited vocal harmonies with lavish orchestral arrangements to produce such pop monuments as "Da Doo Ron Ron," "Be My Baby" and "He's a Rebel."

Spector was convicted of murdering actress Lana Clarkson in 2003. He was sentenced to 19 years to life in prison in 2009.

 “Phil Spector‘s death this weekend reignites an old conversation about separating the art from the artist” says McKay.  “From Michael Jackson to Richard Wagner, Spector is part of a long line of artists associated at once with beautiful art and terrible ideas or actions. Can we appreciate Spector’s musical legacy while acknowledging him as a murderer? Can people who do terrible things create beautiful, lasting art?”

To arrange an interview, please contact communications officer  Julie Brown ( 343-363-2763 or Julie.brown@queensu.ca) at Queen’s University News and Media Services Department in Kingston, Ont., Canada.  


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