Wouldn’t Wordsworth Have Been Better With A Bass Line?

John Betjeman may not be a household name in America, but to Britons, he was an adored figure and a beloved poet laureate. This summer, the UK will mark Betjeman’s centenary, and the country’s DJs will be celebrating his legacy as a pioneer in the world of… funk? Well, yes: “In 1974, at the age of 67, Betjeman launched an extraordinary new recording career. He released the album Banana Blush on the Charisma label – then best known for Genesis and other prog-rock travellers such as Van der Graaf Generator.”