Category Archives: Society for the Suppression of Vice

Suppression of rock music in public places

Screen Shot 2015-12-03 at 07.55.25Such a step, writes Dalrymple,

while very tempting, is not the solution. What is required is the elevation of public taste.

This, he says, with characteristic understatement,

might take some time.

When Dalrymple suggested that the prison where he works

Screen Shot 2015-12-03 at 07.47.07should echo to the sound of Gregorian chant,

the prison officers

thought it was a joke.

Rock music, Dalrymple points out,

exerts a brutalising effect, and if it is not the sole cause of many of the unpleasantnesses of modern life, it aggravates them.

It has become

insidiously pervasive in our urban environment. It is like a poisonous gas that a malign authority pumps into our atmosphere, whose doleful effect, and probably purpose, is to destroy our capacity to converse, to concentrate, to reflect. It agitates us, keeps us constantly on the move, makes us impulsive and lacking in judgement.

Sadly, resistance has been feeble.

Defenders and advocates of high culture have been diffident about their claims, and reluctant to resist the relentless advance of a debased popular culture.

Dalrymple, honorary president of the Society for the Suppression of Rock Music, is pessimistic, saying that despite the best of intentions, the society will have

the same practical effect as the Society for the Suppression of Vice, namely nil.

The Society for the Suppression of Humbug

T.H. Jones, The Reign of Humbug (1825)

T.H. Jones, The Reign of Humbug (1825)

Dalrymple is honorary president of the newly formed organisation, which he conceived and which has won the backing of large numbers of right-thinking people. He notes, however, that despite the very best of intentions, the SSH‘s prospects do not appear especially bright in view of certain historical precedents he points to, for instance the

evident failure in the early 19th century of the Society for the Suppression of Vice, vice having prospered ever since.

Another movement spearheaded by Dalrymple, the SSRM (Society for the Suppression of Rock Music) has not, it must be said, had much success either.

Society for the Suppression of Rock Music

Screen Shot 2014-03-26 at 22.14.24Screen Shot 2014-03-26 at 22.10.56Dalrymple, honorary president of the newly formed organisation, which has won the backing of large numbers of right-thinking people, concedes that despite the very best of intentions, it will have ‘the same practical effect as the Society for the Suppression of Vice, namely nil‘.

He adds: ‘Whenever I hear that the youth of a country is employing rock music to rise up against dictatorship, I rally at once to the cause of the dictator.’