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Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds at Primavera Sound Festival on June 1 2018. Shutterstock/ChristianBertrand

Musical plagiarism: why it can be admirable to steal

To quote Nick Cave, “Plagiarism is an ugly word for what, in rock and roll, is a natural and necessary … tendency … and that is to steal”.
Robert Plant, the lead singer of Led Zeppelin, performs in Hamburg, Germany in 1973. Heinrich Klaffs

Plagiarists or innovators? The Led Zeppelin paradox endures

How can a band so slavishly derivative – and sometimes downright plagiaristic – be also considered radically innovative and influential?

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