In May this year Alan Woods spoke to a meeting of Socialist Appeal in London on the question of Marxism and Art. Why should socialists be interested in culture in general? At first sight these things might appear secondary with millions of people around the world living in miserable conditions under capitalism. But if you can imagine a world without art, without music, without colour, rythmn and harmony - then you can imagine that life would be near intolerable, when the lives of workers are hard enough as it is. Alan also traces the development of art and class society from the origins of human society, where art, science and religion were all one, and prized much more than they are today.