David Holbrook

British writer

David Holbrook (9 January 1923 – 11 August 2011) was a British writer, poet and academic.


  • The attitude to sexual love in the 'pop' song is so ugly and mechanical as to seem schizoid, and psychopathological. Exposed as they are to such powerful cultural statements, young people are being encouraged to forfeit genuine commitment in love in favour of depersonalised sexual activity, with an undercurrent of violence, and to take false solutions in which they must deny their deepest needs, by hate.
    • Quoted in The Sociology of Rock by Simon Frith, 1978, ISBN 0094602204, from Holbrook's 'Pop and truth'

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