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Radical Chic

  Radical chic was the phrase coined by the New York writer Tom Wolfe to describe an upsurge of artists from the First World giving performances or producing work for Third-World causes during the 1970s and 1980s. The best-known example was Band Aid in the mid-1980s: pop singers round the world uniting to raise money for famine-stricken Africa. But the urge is much older: Wolfe himself was writing of a 1970s concert by Leonard Bernstein in aid of black rights in the US, and in earlier times artists had raised funds in similar ways for Spain in the 1930s, for the victims of the Paris Commune in 1871, and no doubt for many other causes. The phrase ‘radical chic’ expresses the sniffiness some of the chattering class feel towards such endeavours, as if it were somehow smarter to mock people who do good works than to roll up the sleeves and get down to it oneself. KMcL  



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