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Brit Wits : a History of British Rock Humor.

Author: Iain Ellis
Publisher: Bristol : Intellect, 2011.
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Humor, as much as any other trait, defines British cultural identity. It is "crucial in the English sense of nation," argues humor scholar Andy Medhurst; "To be properly English you must have a sense of humor," opines historian Antony Easthope. Author Zadie Smith perceives British humor as a national coping mechanism, stating, "You don't have to be funny to live here, but it helps." Sex Pistols frontman Johnny  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Humor
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Ellis, Iain.
Brit Wits : A History of British Rock Humor.
Bristol : Intellect, ©2011
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Iain Ellis
ISBN: 9781841506715 1841506710
OCLC Number: 794328924
Description: 1 online resource (216 pages)
Contents: Front Cover; Half Title; Title; Copyright; CONTENTS; INTRODUCTION: BRITISH, ROCK, HUMOR; MANIFESTATIONS ACROSS THE NATION; HOME IS WHERE THE HUMOR IS; COORDINATES AND DETERMINANTS; THE INS AND OUTS; 1. STARTING POINTS; Chapter 1: MUSIC HALL COMEDY; George Formby; Chapter 2: THE FIFTIES; AMERICAN DREAMING; Lonnie Donegan; Chapter 3: 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; Chapter 4: THE SEVENTIES; GLAM BAM!; David Bowie, Part Two; Roxy Music; GOIN' DOWN TH' PUBS; Ian Dury. NEVER MIND THE BOLLOCKS, HERE'S BRITISH PUNKSex Pistols; The Slits; PUNK POETRY; John Cooper Clarke; THE NUTTY SOUND; Madness; Chapter 5: THE EIGHTIES; NEW ROMANTICS; ABC; NEW TRADITIONALISTS; The Smiths; Billy Bragg; POP GO THE SCOTS; The Proclaimers; MANC LADS; The Macc Lads; Happy Mondays; Chapter 6: THE NINETIES; GIRL POWER!; Spice Girls; COOL BRITANNIA; Blur; Pulp; TECHNO-SHOCK THERAPY; The KLF; Chapter 7: THE NAUGHTIES; 2-STEPPIN' OUT; The Streets; LONDON'S ANTI-DIVAS; Lily Allen; BRITPOP'S UP AGAIN; Arctic Monkeys; Art Brut; WELSH WITS; Chapter 8: CLOSING POINTS ... ; NOTES; Back Cover.

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Humor, as much as any other trait, defines British cultural identity. It is "crucial in the English sense of nation," argues humor scholar Andy Medhurst; "To be properly English you must have a sense of humor," opines historian Antony Easthope. Author Zadie Smith perceives British humor as a national coping mechanism, stating, "You don't have to be funny to live here, but it helps." Sex Pistols frontman Johnny Rotten concurs, commenting, "There's a sense of comedy in the English that even in your grimmest moments you laugh". Although humor invariably functions as a relief valve for the Br.

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