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The Moody Blues: Justin Time for the Moodies

Steve Turner, Beat Instrumental, June 1971

While I was at the Moodies offices, situated in the Surrey stockbroker belt, photographs were being taken of Justin and Graeme with Trevor Taylor of the British table tennis team with the Childrens Childrens Children album spread out before them. I was later to find out that this was because Taylor had been playing the album to the Red Chinese whilst out in China on the recent and unprecedented visit. Apparently the initial reaction of the Chinese was to be absolutely confused by the cover concept. Then when the sounds came out they were even more confused — this of course being probably heard in Red China. However, when it was explained that the Moodies played ‘revolutionary’ music the Chinese honourably promised to play it once every day. It is strange to find that the two pursuits of table tennis and music should bypass the politicians’ arguments and from a common ground between Eastern and Western humans.

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