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Brit wits : a history of British rock humor

Author: Iain Ellis
Publisher: Bristol, U.K. ; Chicago : Intellect, 2012.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Brit Wits shows how and why humor has been such a powerful catalyst and expressive force in these artists’ work. Distinguishing rock humorists from rockers who are merely sometimes humorous, Iain Ellis trains his attention on those whose music and persona exude defiance—beginning with the Beatles, the Kinks, and Pink Floyd; and continuing through the Smiths, the Slits, and even the Spice Girls—to investigate the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Humor
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Iain Ellis
ISBN: 9781841505657 184150565X
OCLC Number: 760972965
Description: vi, 207 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: Introduction : British, rock, humor. Manifestations across the nation ; Home is where the humor is ; Coordinates and determinants ; The ins and outs --
Starting points. Music hall comedy ; George Formby --
The Fifties. American dreaming ; Lonnie Donegan --
The Sixties. Accent-uations ; The Beatles ; The Kinks ; Wacky whimsy ; Pink Floyd ; Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band ; Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes : David Bowie, part one --
The Seventies. Glam bam! ; David Bowie, part two ; Roxy Music ; Goin' down th' pubs ; Ian Dury ; Never mind the bollocks, here's British punk ; Sex Pistols ; The Slits ; Punk poetry ; John Cooper Clarke ; The nutty sound ; Madness --
The Eighties. New Romantics ; ABC ; New traditionalists ; The Smiths ; Billy Bragg ; Pop go the Scots ; The Proclaimers ; Manc lads ; The Macc Lads ; Happy Mondays --
The Nineties. Girl power! ; Spice Girls ; Cool Britannia ; Blur ; Pulp ; Techno-shock therapy ; The KLF --
The Naughties. 2-steppin' out ; The Streets ; London's anti-divas ; Lily Allen ; Britpop's up again ; Arctic Monkeys ; Art brut ; Welsh wits --
Closing points.
Other Titles: History of British rock humor
Responsibility: by Iain Ellis.

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Distinguishing rock humorists from rockers who are merely sometimes humorous, the author focuses on those whose music and persona exude defiance - beginning with the Beatles and Pink Floyd; and  Read more...

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