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The Beginning

Kenneth Womack

Kenneth Womack is Professor of English and Dean of the Wayne D. McMurray School of Humanities & Social Sciences at Monmouth University, USA. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Long and Winding Roads : The Evolving Artistry of the Beatles

Bloomsbury Academic, 2007

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...Twenty-seven seconds.In the beginning, there were twenty-seven seconds. A clutch of muddled guitars. The rhythmic thump of the drums. The hollow tones of a tea-chest bass. And the piercing, nasal vocals of sixteen-year-old John Lennon...
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...Often viewed abroad as a novelty act, the skiffle work of Lonnie Donegan served to influence a generation of British musicians in the 1960s. Donegan was born in Glasgow in 1931; his father was an orchestral violinist. His family moved...

Skiffle

Michael Dewe with David Horn and Paolo Prato

Michael Dewe with David Horn and Paolo Prato

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Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume XI : Genres: Europe

Bloomsbury Academic, 2017

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...Described in the first book on the subject as ‘folk song with a jazz beat’ (Bird 1958), skiffle reached the height of its commercial popularity in the UK in 1957. It had aroused interest following the unexpected chart success in Britain...

Imagining America

Peter Mills

Peter Mills is Senior Lecturer in Media & Popular Culture at Leeds Metropolitan University, UK. Hewas singer and lyricist for the band Innocents Abroad who made two albums, Quaker City and Eleven. He has taught music, literature and philosophy at universities in the UK , Hungary, Romania and Croatia, and has published work on, amongst others,Samuel Beckett,Olaf Stapledon,Hungarian folk music, Pink Floyd, national anthems and The KLF. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Hymns to the Silence : Inside the Words and Music of Van Morrison

The Continuum, 2010

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...‘When I was growing up in Belfast all I was listening to was American music. Irish music was going on all around me, but that was nowhere. I was looking for something different.’The fact is, as Van Morrison notes above, that if we...

British Traditional Jazz

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume XI : Genres: Europe

Bloomsbury Academic, 2017

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...British jazz in the 1940s and later was often divided simplistically into two very different but related styles – modern jazz and traditional jazz. British traditional jazz emerged slowly during World War II and after, not only...

Beat Music

Phil Kirby

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David Horn

David Horn was a founding editor of the journal Popular Music and a founding member of IASPM (The International Association for the Study of Popular Music). He was Director of the Institute of Popular Music at the University of Liverpool from 1988 until his retirement in 2002. Together with the blues scholar Paul Oliver he first proposed the idea of EPMOW in the 1980s, and has worked on the project since that time. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Paolo Prato

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume XI : Genres: Europe

Bloomsbury Academic, 2017

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...The term ‘beat music’ or simply ‘beat’ denotes a genre of popular music that emerged in the UK at the beginning of the 1960s. Rapidly becoming a ‘beat boom,’ beat spread into Europe and beyond from circa 1963 to 1969, constituting the first...