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"The lyrics of the Plastic People include rude expressions and nonsense whose artistic and formal value is absolutely insignificant." Forget the Pistols, or the Stones, they didn't have the Czechoslovakian Ministry of Culture giving them such enthusiastic reviews. As Document - Happy Hearts Club Banned (8pm, R4) explains, The Plastic People Of The Universe were just about the most dangerous force in underground rock of all time, continually hounded by the secret police, jailed, recording in Vaclav Havel's home and releasing Zappa/Velvet Underground-influenced albums that were illegal to own.

"The lyrics of the Plastic People include rude expressions and nonsense whose artistic and formal value is absolutely insignificant." Forget the Pistols, or the Stones, they didn't have the Czechoslovakian Ministry of Culture giving them such enthusiastic reviews. As Document - Happy Hearts Club Banned (8pm, R4) explains, The Plastic People Of The Universe were just about the most dangerous force in underground rock of all time, continually hounded by the secret police, jailed, recording in Vaclav Havel's home and releasing Zappa/Velvet Underground-influenced albums that were illegal to own.

Susan Sharpe (pictured) presents Rome: The Musical Enigma (11.30am, Radio 4). The music of the Roman Colosseum seems to have come from drunken trumpeters playing a semitone apart. Among the things that might modify this dismal reconstruction is the idea that since brass is the only material to have survived, there may also have been woodwinds and strings.

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