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The Show Must Go On! Popular Song in Britain During the First World War (Electronic book text)
The Show Must Go On! Popular Song in Britain During the First World War (Electronic book text): John Mullen
The Show Must Go On! Popular Song in Britain During the First World War (Electronic book text): John Mullen

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The Show Must Go On! Popular Song in Britain During the First World War (Electronic book text)

John Mullen

Series: Ashgate Popular and Folk Music Series

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Using a collection of over one thousand popular songs from the war years, as well as around 150 soldiers' songs, John Mullen provides a fascinating insight into the world of popular entertainment during the First World War. Mullen considers the position of songs of this time within the history of popular music, and the needs, tastes and experiences of working-class audiences who loved this music. To do this, he dispels some of the nostalgic, rose-tinted myths about music hall. At a time when recording companies and record sales were marginal, the book shows the centrality of the live show and of the sale of sheet music to the economy of the entertainment industry. Mullen assesses the popularity and significance of the different genres of musical entertainment which were common in the war years and the previous decades, including music hall, revue, pantomime, musical comedy, blackface minstrelsy, army entertainment and amateur entertainment in prisoner of war camps. He also considers non-commercial songs, such as hymns, folk songs and soldiers' songs and weaves them into a subtle and nuanced approach to the nature of popular song, the ways in which audiences related to the music and the effects of the competing pressures of commerce, propaganda, patriotism, social attitudes and the progress of the war.

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Imprint: Routledge
Country of origin: United Kingdom
Series: Ashgate Popular and Folk Music Series
Release date: March 2016
First published: 2015
Authors: John Mullen
Format: Electronic book text
Pages: 262
ISBN-13: 978-1-317-01610-6
Barcode: 9781317016106
Categories: Promotions
Books > Humanities > History > World history > 1750 to 1900
Books > History > World history > 1750 to 1900
Books > Humanities > History > British & Irish history
Books > History > British & Irish history
Books > Humanities > History > British & Irish history > General
Books > History > British & Irish history > General
Books > Arts & Architecture > Music > Contemporary popular music > Rock & pop
Books > Music > Contemporary popular music > Rock & pop
Books > Arts & Architecture > Music > Contemporary popular music > Rock & pop > General
Books > Music > Contemporary popular music > Rock & pop > General
Books > Humanities > History > History of specific subjects > Social & cultural history
Books > History > History of specific subjects > Social & cultural history
LSN: 1-317-01610-6

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