An ambitious initiative unveiled this week by British Health Secretary Matt Hancock may soon enable the country’s doctors to prescribe therapeutic art- or hobby-based treatments for ailments ranging from dementia to psychosis, lung conditions and mental health issues. Writing for the Times, Kat Lay explains that this unconventional strategy, described by the U.K. government as “social prescribing,” could find patients enrolled in dance classes and singing lessons, or perhaps enjoying a personalized music playlist.
David Hadfield was clearing out the loft over his garage when he found an old demo tape stashed inside of a bread basket. Hadfield recorded the tape with his band, the Konrads, in a small London studio in 1963. The only original song on the demo featured lead vocals by 16-year-old David Jones—who, just a few years later, would take the stage name David Bowie.