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Land Without Music: Music, Culture and Society in Twentieth Century Britain

Land Without Music: Music, Culture and Society in Twentieth Century Britain

by Andrew Blake, Blake
     
 

In this pioneering cultural history, Andrew Blake examines the many ways in which twentieth century Britons have tried to find a distinctive musical voice. Musicians (including the new populations from the former colonies) have proposed 'national' musics for Britain as a whole and its constituent parts. Working in dialogue with European classical or American

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In this pioneering cultural history, Andrew Blake examines the many ways in which twentieth century Britons have tried to find a distinctive musical voice. Musicians (including the new populations from the former colonies) have proposed 'national' musics for Britain as a whole and its constituent parts. Working in dialogue with European classical or American popular musics, the British produced the folk revivals of the 1920s and 1950s, the pastoral symphonies of the 1920s, the pop of the 1960s and of course Britpop in the 1990s. By surveying the debates surrounding the status of such artists and styles as the Beatles, Birtwistle, Blur and Bhangra, Andrew Blake emphasises the importance of music as a generator of value and identity. Including ground-breaking analyses of jazz-rock, ambient, the 'landscape with music' of the festival, and the Proms, this book will interest musicians, historians and those interested in contemporary culture.

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Presents a pioneering cultural history of music in 20th-century Britain and its former colonies, revealing the complex connections between forms, practices, histories, and landscapes. Coverage encompasses the folk revivals of the 1920s and 1950s, pastoral symphonies of the 1920s, and pop in the 1960s and 1990s. Surveys arguments over the status of such artists as the Beatles and Blur, and examines genres from Blues to Bhangra, emphasizing the importance of music as a generator of value and identity. For musicians, historians, and those interested in popular culture. Includes a few b&w illustrations. Distributed by St. Martin's. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780719042997
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
Publication date:
02/28/1998
Series:
Music and Society
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
7.02(w) x 8.64(h) x 0.85(d)

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