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Top 10 stories of the week: John Blackwell, Glastonbury's elite line-up, school removes music lessons

Laura  Barnes
Top 10 stories of the week: John Blackwell, Glastonbury's elite line-up, school removes music lessons

This biggest story on MI Pro this week was the sad news that iconic drummer John Blackwell has passed away.

Known in the industry for his impeccable R&B, funk, jazz, fusion, and pop drumming, Blackwell spent 12 years playing with Prince and also performed at the 2008 Buddy Rich Memorial Concert.

Also big this week was Rowena Lewis’ latest column, which looks at the lack of diversity in the line-up at this year’s Glastonbury festival.

Have a look at all the biggest stories below:
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1. John Blackwell: Drumming legend dies aged 43
John Blackwell Jr, the influential drummer known for working with big name acts such as Prince, Pattie LaBelle, P Diddy, Justin Timberlake and more, has sadly passed away at the age of 43.

2. OPINION: Are working class acts being drowned out at Glastonbury?
In her latest column for MI Pro, radio presenter and DJ Rowena Lewis chats about Glastonbury, Jeremy Corbyn's appearance, and why the festival’s line-up isn’t quite as diverse as you would think…

3. Impact of EBacc brought to light as UK school removes music lessons from curriculum
A school in Essex has decided to remove weekly music lessons for pupils aged between 11 and 13 due to budget cuts.

4. Iain Young joins Tanglewood's field sales team
Tanglewood Guitars has announced the appointment of Iain Young to its field sales team with responsibilities for key retail partners in the Midlands and West of England.

5. Why it's harder to learn an instrument the older you get
Scientists have discovered why older people find learning an instrument more difficult, and how a new process could potentially make it easier.

6. OPINION: Why the whole of the MI industry should support music lessons
The likes of ISM have been campaigning heavily to protect creative subjects in schools, but is the wider musical instrument industry doing enough to support the continuation of music lessons?

7. Michael Clapham joins Source Distribution as Area Sales Manager for the Midlands
Source Distribution has announced that Michael Clapham has been recruited to support and grow the firm’s key accounts in the Midlands.

8. Guitar Village and Ivor Mairants become first two dealers to stock Fibonacci Guitars
Fibonacci Guitars has revealed that Surrey’s Guitar Village and London’s Ivor Mairants are the first two dealers in the world to stock its range of guitars.

9. Stentor takes over as distributor for Jupiter and XO in UK and ROI
Stentor Music will now distribute brass and woodwind instrument brands Jupiter and XO in the UK and Republic of Ireland.

10. Radial Engineering introduces the Cab-Link
This passive speaker cabinet merger passes signal with zero coloration or phase shift.

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