Britpop and the English Music Tradition

Britpop and the English Music Tradition

by Jon Stratton
     
 

ISBN-10: 0754668053

ISBN-13: 9780754668053

Pub. Date: 08/01/2010

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

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

Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780754668053
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
08/01/2010
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

Contents: Introduction, Andy Bennett and Jon Stratton; Section 1 History and Context: Music hall and the commercialization of English popular music, Dave Laing; Skiffle, variety and Englishness, Jon Stratton; Englishing popular music in the 1960s, Jon Stratton; Trainspotting: the gendered history of Britpop, Sheila Whiteley; Missing links: Britpop traces, 1970-1980, Andy Bennett. Section 2 Britpop: Labouring the point? The politics of Britpop in 'New Britain', Rupa Huq; The Britpop sound, Derek B. Scott; Britpop or Eng-pop?, J. Mark Percival; Unsettling differences: music and laddism in Britpop, Stan Hawkins. Section 3 Post-Britpop: Devopop: pop-Englishness and post-Britpop guitar bands, Ian Collinson; Worries in the dance: post-millennial grooves and sub-bass culture, Nabeel Zuberi; Bibliography; Index.

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