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Tom Jones

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...When Tom Jones won the Best New Artist Grammy in 1965, it ignited a career that would see over 100 million albums sold and thirty-six Top 40 hits in the UK. Born in Wales in 1940, Jones began singing at a young age but suffered from...

Penillion

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

Bloomsbury Academic, 2017

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...Penillion, or canu penillion (penillion singing or verse singing), is a form of singing believed to be exclusive to Wales. It is also sometimes called cerdd dant or canu gyda’r tannau (respectively, string craft and singing...

Young Marble Giants' Colossal Youth

Michael Blair

Michael Blair grew up in St. Louis and lives in New York. He works at BOMB Magazine and is a founding member of the Hi Fi Snock Uptown collective. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Joe Bucciero

Joe Bucciero is a writer born in Chicago and based in New York. He helps edit the music zine AdHoc and the journal Blank Forms, and has written for the Quietus, the Brooklyn Rail, Los Angeles Review of Books, and others. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Bloomsbury Academic, 2017

33 1/3 Books

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...Welsh post-punk band Young Marble Giants released one LP in 1980 and then, like their vanishing portraits on the album’s cover, disappeared. Even though Colossal Youth received positive reviews and sold surprisingly well, Young Marble...

Cymanfa Ganu

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

Bloomsbury Academic, 2017

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...The cymanfa ganu (plural: cymanfaoedd; in English, singing meeting) has prevailed throughout Wales since the first half of the nineteenth century. Essentially an activity of Nonconformist chapels, cymanfaoedd are most popularly held over...

Eisteddfod

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

Bloomsbury Academic, 2017

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...Eisteddfod (literally, a sitting; plural: eisteddfodau) is a ubiquitous and indigenous form of competitive cultural festival in Wales. The origins of eisteddfodau lie in the competitive meetings held for the bards of the Welsh aristocracy...

Celtic Music in Wales

Sarah Hill

Dr Sarah Hill is a Senior Lecturer at the School of Music, Cardiff University, UK and Co-ordinating Editor of Popular Music. She has published work on Welsh-language popular music and cultural identity, progressive rock, and female vocality. A native of Oakland, California and a fluent Welsh speaker, Sarah is also Co-ordinating Editor of Popular Music. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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

Bloomsbury Academic, 2017

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...Although the marketing term ‘Celtic music’ is purported to embrace the musical traditions of all Celtic nations, it could be argued that in Britain at least it has served historically to signify the generically ‘Irish’ or ‘Scottish.’ Welsh...

Celtic Music

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

Bloomsbury Academic, 2017

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...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...

Varietà/Variétés/Variety

Gianni Borgna

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

Bloomsbury Academic, 2017

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...The term ‘varietà’ is an Italian adaptation of the French word ‘variété,’ the name for a combination of dance, song, comic sketches, acrobatic and illusionistic exhibitions that was first developed in France in the late eighteenth century....

Wales (Cymru)

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

The Continuum International, 2016

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...Population: 2,918,700 (2002) Wales is one of the constituent countries of the United Kingdom. It lies to the west of England, from which it is separated by a border joining the estuaries of the River Dee...