A bearded Hells Angel waves from his bike as he, and others, ride towards Bakersfield, California, 1965. (Photo by Bill Ray/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)

Sir, Pilita Clark’s column on workplace design (“The sound of Taylor Swift at my desk? No thanks”, March 5) brings to mind Robert M Pirsig’s Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance.

Ms Clark’s comments about piped music in the office space (and her apparent disapproval of it) coincides with Mr Pirsig’s assessment that ambient music is detrimental to good work practices. He cites a faulty and sloppy repair to an expensive motorbike as a direct result of the mechanics “grooving” on the rock music and not paying attention to what they are doing. I have remembered that concept for the past 44 years.

Ted Gaffney
Waterford, CT, US

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