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Spike Hughes

Double bass, composer, arranger, BBC contracted broadcaster, Melody Maker journalist Writing about women jazz musicians in his autobiography ...

"I have always viewed with alarm the growing tendency of women to compose music; not merely because they do not compose very well, but because their presence in the company of a group of male musicians is embarrassing and un-natural. As men, we have our own language and our own codes of behavior among ourselves; a woman who demands artistic, professional and social equality among us and insists that she is "one of the boys", is as acutely unwelcome and disturbing as anybody else wearing an inferiority complex on their sleeve. There can never be such a thing as true equality of the sexes. Economic equality, perhaps; I am married to a woman who, thank heavens, not only earns her own living, but often mine as well. But unless women realise that their greatest gift is their femininity, before we know where we are we shall have an earnest and vociferous delegation from some Working Women's Movement demanding - the name of the New Democracy - that sopranos shall have the right to sing the part of Rigoletto as well as Gilda, just to show that Mrs. Pankhurst did not struggle in vain."