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The show must go on! : popular song in Britain during the First World War

Author: John Mullen
Publisher: Farnham, Surrey ; Burlington : Ashgate, [2015]
Series: Ashgate popular and folk music series.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Using a collection of over 1000 popular songs from the war years, as well as around 150 soldiers' songs, John Mullen provides an insight into the world of popular entertainment during the First World War. He considers the position of songs of this time within the history of popular music, and the needs, tastes and experiences of their working-class audiences. He assesses the different genres of musical entertainment  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: John Mullen
ISBN: 9781472441584 1472441583 9781472441591 1472441591
OCLC Number: 903436714
Language Note: Translated from the French.
Notes: Originally published in French as Chanson populaire en Grande-Bretagne pendant la Grande Guerre 1914-1918 in 2012.
Description: 250 pages ; 24 cm.
Contents: Introduction: Battles, Society and Entertainment --
Portrait of an Industry : Producing Popular Music, 1914-1918 --
A Star in Focus 1 : Harry Lauder --
'Scottish ambassador'? --
A Patchwork of Genres --
A Star in Focus 2 : Vesta Tilley --
The Woman Who Played Men --
The Songs and Their Content --
A Star in Focus 3 : Marie Lloyd --
'Our Marie' --
If you were the only girl in the world' : Women, Men and Love in Music-hall Song --
A Star in Focus 4 : Harry Champion --
'the spirit of the poorer parts of London' --
Songs about the War : Elite Voices and People's Voices --
'I want to go home ' : Soldiers' Songs and Other Non-commercial Songs.
Series Title: Ashgate popular and folk music series.
Responsibility: John Mullen.

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Originally published in French as Chanson populaire en Grande-Bretagne pendant la Grande Guerre 1914-1918 in 2012.  Read more...

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