Britpop and the English Music Tradition

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"Britpop was the UK's headline musical phenomena during the 1990s ' just at the point when devolution suggested that the UK may be breaking down. This edited collection doesn't merely describe the sights, sounds and aesthetics of Britpop, it also explores and explains its political, economic and cultural contexts. The fact that it does this with a critical edge means that it is not only essential reading for popular music students, but also a significant contribution to our understanding of a peculiarly important moment in recent musical history.-Dr Stuart Borthwick, Principal Lecturer in Popular Music Studies, Liverpool John Moores University, UK" "Britpop and the English Music Tradition is the first study devoted exclusively to the Britpop phenomenon and its contexts. The genre of Britpop, with its assertion of Englishness, evolved at the same time that devolution was striking deep into the hegemonic claims of English culture to represent Britain. It is usually argued that Britpop, with its strident declarations of Englishness, was a response to the dominance of grunge. The contributors in this volume take a different point of view: that Britpop celebrated Englishness at a time when British culture, with its English hegemonic core, was being challenged and dismantled. It is now timely to look back on Britpop as a cultural phenomenon of the 1990s that can be set into the political context of its time, and into the cultural context of the last fifty years ' a time of fundamental revision of what it means to be British and English." "The book examines issues such as the historical antecedents of Britpop, the subjectivities governing the performative conventions of Britpop, the cultural context within which Britpop unfolded, and its influence on the post-Britpop music scene in the UK. While Britpop is central to the volume, discussion of this phenomenon is used as an opportunity to examine the particularities of English popular music since the turn of the twentieth century." "Andy Bennett is Professor of Cultural Sociology in the School of Humanities at Griffith University, Australia." Jon Stratton is Professor of Cultural Studies in the School of Media, Culture and Creative Arts at Curtin University of Technology, Australia.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780754668053
  • Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 8/1/2010
  • Series: Ashgate Popular and Folk Music Series
  • Pages: 242
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Musical Examples

Notes on Contributors

General Editor's Preface


Introduction 1

Section 1 History and Context Jon Stratton Stratton, Jon

1 Music Hall and the Commercialization of English Popular Music Jon Stratton Stratton, Jon 11

2 Skiffle, Variety and Englishness Dave Laing Laing, Dave 27

3 Englishing Popular Music in the 1960's Jon Stratton Stratton, Jon 41

4 Trainspotting: The Gendered History of Britpop Jon Stratton Stratton, Jon 55

5 Missing Links: Britpop Traces, 1970-1980 Sheila Whiteley Whiteley, Sheila 71

Section 2 Britpop Andy Bennett Bennett, Andy

6 Labouring the Point? The Politics of Britpop in 'New Britain' Andy Bennett Bennett, Andy 89

7 The Britpop Sound Rupa Hug Hug, Rupa 103

8 Britpop or Eng-pop? Derek B. Scott Scott, Derek B. 123

9 Unsettling Differences: Music and Laddism in Britpop J. Mark Percival Percival, J. Mark 145

Section 3 Post-Britpop Stan Hawkins Hawkins, Stan

10 Devopop: Pop-Englishness and Post-Britpop Guitar Bands Stan Hawkins Hawkins, Stan 163

11 Worries in the Dance: Post-Millennial Grooves and Sub-Bass Culture Ian Collinson Collinson, Ian 179

Bibliography Nabeel Zuberi Zuberi, Nabeel 193

Index Nabeel Zuberi Zuberi, Nabeel 211

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