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The songs that fought the war : popular music and the home front, 1939-1945

Author: John Bush Jones
Publisher: Waltham, Mass. : Brandeis University Press ; Hanover : University Press of New England, ©2006.
Edition/Format:   Book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Poet Rod McKuen once observed that "1939-1945 was a terrible time for the world, but it was a glorious time for songs and fighter pilots." Anyone who was alive during World War II remembers with fondness the music of the period. Such songs as "I'll Be Seeing You," "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy," "It's Been A Long, Long Time, " and "Praise The Lord And Pass The Ammunition" became standards that are still around today.".
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: John Bush Jones
ISBN: 1584654430 9781584654438
OCLC Number: 69028073
Description: xiv, 338 p. ; 24 cm.
Contents: "When this crazy world is sane again" : the setting for the songs --
"I hear America singing" : but who wrote all those songs? --
"Over here" : prewar isolationism, patriotism, and preparedness --
"Chin up! cheerio! carry on!" : the allies and us --
"G.I. jive" : the draft, enlistment, and army life --
"Johnny, get your gun again" : from national pride to axis-bashing --
"There's an F.D.R. in freedom" : the war's faces and places --
"In the army, in the navy, in the marines" : saluting the services --
"Don't forget there's a war going on" : pitching in and coping on the home front --
"Arm in arm" : wartime romance --
"A boy in khaki, a girl in lace" : the servicemen away, their girls back home --
"It's been a long, long time" : victory, homecomings, the world after the war.
Responsibility: John Bush Jones.
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