The History of Live Music in Britain, Volume I: 1950-1967: From Dance Hall to the 100 Club

Simon Frith, Matthew Brennan, Martin Cloonan, Emma Webster

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Abstract / Description of output

The social history of music in Britain since 1950 has long been the subject of nostalgic articles in newspapers and magazines, nostalgic programmes on radio and television and collective memories on music websites, but to date there has been no proper scholarly study. This book (the first of a three volume history) addresses this gap, and do so from the unique perspective of the music promoter: the key theme is the changing nature of the live music industry. The book is focused upon popular music but covers all musical genres and the authors offer new insights into a variety of issues, including changes in musical fashions and tastes; the impact of developing technologies; the balance of power between live and recorded music businesses; the role of the state as regulator and promoter; the effects of demographic and other social changes on music culture; and the continuing importance do-it-yourself enthusiasts. Drawing on archival research, a wide range of academic and non-academic secondary sources, participant observation and industry interviews, the book is likely to become a landmark work within Popular Music Studies and broader cultural history.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationAldershot
PublisherAshgate Publishing
Number of pages236
ISBN (Print)978-1-4094-2280-8
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2013

Publication series

NameAshgate Popular and Folk Music Series


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