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‘The pose … is a stance’: Popular music and the cultural politics of festival in 1950s Britain

George McKay

George McKay is a leading writer on alternative cultures and music. He is Professor of Media Studies at the University of East Anglia, UK; his website is georgemckay.org Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Pop Festival : History, Music, Media, Culture

Bloomsbury Academic, 2015

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...the pose held is a stance… The aim of this chapter is to contribute to our understanding of the relation between popular music, festival and activism by focusing on a neglected but important area in festival history in Britain,...

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...

Antwerpen

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume VII : Locations: Europe

The Continuum International, 2016

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...Population: city – 454,491 (2003) A port city, Antwerpen (Anvers) stands on the River Schelde (Escaut), 55 miles (88 km) upriver from the sea, just south of the Netherlands at the border. It is the largest town in Flanders...

Northern Ireland

Dave Laing

Dave Laing is the author of several books on popular music and a former editor of Music Week. Former Research Fellow at the University of Westminster where he conducted research on the music industry. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume VII : Locations: Europe

The Continuum International, 2016

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...Population: 1,685,267 (2001) Northern Ireland is a part of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. It is situated on the island of Ireland, which was partitioned in 1922 when the Irish...

Merseybeat

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

Bloomsbury Academic, 2017

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...Merseybeat is a genre of popular music that developed in the UK in the early 1960s. Sometimes equated with beat music, it is best viewed as a particularly influential strand of that broader genre. Merseybeat is predominantly associated...

The Musicians

Julia Sneeringer

Julia Sneeringer is Associate Professor of History at Queens College and the Graduate Center, City University of New York, USA. She is the author of Winning Women's Votes: Propaganda and Politics in Weimar Germany (2002). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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A Social History of Early Rock ‘n’ Roll in Germany : Hamburg from Burlesque to The Beatles, 1956-69

Bloomsbury Academic, 2018

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...The expanding mass culture that gave rise to St. Pauli’s rock and Beat clubs caused deep consternation among critics who worried it would erase local cultures and turn young people into passive, manipulated consumers.These critiques...

Sheffield

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume VII : Locations: Europe

The Continuum International, 2016

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...Population: 513,104 (2001) Sheffield is the fourth-largest city in England, situated in the sub-region of South Yorkshire. Following the Norman invasion of England in 1066, the area became the manor...