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‘Roll Up and Shine’

The Arena Concert : Music, Media and Mass Entertainment

Bloomsbury Academic, 2016

Scholarly Books

...‘You have to put as much effort into putting somebody on to 120 people as to putting them on to 2,000 people, almost. It’s a bigger gamble, financially, but probably less work … The bigger the act, it’s probably less work’ (S. Basford...

‘A Constant Source of Bemusement and Wonder’: The Orchids

Michael White

Michael White has been writing about popular and underground music, for publications in his native Canada and internationally, for 20 years. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Popkiss : The Life and Afterlife of Sarah Records

Bloomsbury Academic, 2015

Scholarly Books

...The disintegration of Glasgow’s Postcard Records was as unceremonious and anticlimactic as its rise had been momentous and effervescent. The endurance of its legend – and the extremity of affection it commands to this day – tends to obscure...
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...The indie group Belle and Sebastian emerged from relative obscurity in Scotland to become critically acclaimed and a staple of dorm room listening parties on either side of the Atlantic. Stuart Murdoch and Stuart David formed the group...

The Jesus and Mary Chain's Psychocandy

Paula Mejia

Paula Mejia is a writer, journalist and critic. Her work has appeared in The A.V. Club, NME, Pitchfork, Rolling Stone, Rookie, SPIN and other publications. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Bloomsbury Academic, 2016

33 1/3 Books

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...The Jesus and Mary Chain’s swooning debut Psychocandy seared through the underground and to the top of the pop charts, shifting the role of noise within pop music forever. Post-punk and pro-confusion, Psychocandy became the sound...

Belle & Sebastian's If You’re Feeling Sinister

Scott Plagenhoef

Scott Plagenhoef is Managing Editor for Pitchfork Media, the world’s most popular and influential alternative music website. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Bloomsbury Academic, 2007

33 1/3 Books

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...If You’re Feeling Sinister shows how Belle & Sebastian transformed themselves over the space of a decade, from a slightly shambolic cult secret into a polished, highly entertaining, mainstream pop group. Along the way, the book shows how...

Kode9

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...A pioneer in the dubstep scene, Scottish DJ Kode9, born Steve Goodman, combined musical production with critical philosophy to foment one of the most visible electric music genres in the 2000s. Born in Glasgow in 1973, Kode9 grew up within...
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...Formed in East Kilbride, Scotland in 1983 by brothers Jim and William Reed, the Jesus and Mary Chain released a series of albums—starting in 1985—that brought new life to post-punk music. Inspired to form a band following the 1970s British...

Celtic Music

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

Bloomsbury Academic, 2017

Encyclopedia Articles

...Categorizations of Celtic ethnicity and philology and concomitant delineations of Celtic music(s) can be regarded as constructions of modernity that emerged in relation to regions of Europe’s North-West Atlantic ‘fringe’ and in contexts...

Celtic Music in Scotland

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

Bloomsbury Academic, 2017

Encyclopedia Articles

...Whilst a Celtic presence in Scotland’s culture can be traced at least as far back as 700 BC it is difficult to disentangle it from the mixture of indigenous peoples and European and Scandinavian incomers who made up its population...

David Byrne

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...Best known for his work with pioneering art-rock band Talking Heads, David Byrne infused American musical culture with an intelligent discussion of the banality of modern life. Born in 1952 in Scotland, Byrne and his family moved to Canada...