Images of England Through Popular Music: Class, Youth and Rock 'n' Roll, 1955-1976

Hardcover | October 21, 2013

byKeith Gildart

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What was the relationship between working-class youths and popular music between the years 1955-1976? Drawing on archival sources and oral testimony, Keith Gildart examines the ways in which popular music played an important role in reflecting and shaping social identities and working-class cultures and - through a focus on rock 'n' roll, rhythm and blues, punk, the mod subculture, and the many worlds of glam rock - created a sense of crisis in English society.

Complemented by a critical reading of the songs, performances and impact of influential and emblematic musicians including Georgie Fame, The Beatles, Pete Townshend, Ray Davies, David Bowie and the Sex Pistols, Gildart brings together an investigation of particular localities, scenes, genres and individual and collective experiences and forms a critique of recent revisionist histories of popular music and youth culture.

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What was the relationship between working-class youths and popular music between the years 1955-1976? Drawing on archival sources and oral testimony, Keith Gildart examines the ways in which popular music played an important role in reflecting and shaping social identities and working-class cultures and - through a focus on rock 'n' ro...

Keith Gildart is Reader in Labour and Social History at the University of Wolverhampton, UK. He has published widely in the field of labour and working-class history. He is the author of North Wales Miners: A Fragile Unity, 1945-1996 (2001) and an editor of the Dictionary of Labour Biography.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:304 pages, 8.6 × 5.71 × 0.75 inPublished:October 21, 2013Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230019692

ISBN - 13:9780230019690

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Table of Contents

PART I: TEDDY BOY ENGLAND
1. Coal, Cotton and Rock 'n' Roll in North West England
2. Exploring Soho and the Flamingo Club with Georgie Fame and the Blue Flames
3. Liverpool, the Beatles, and the Cultural Politics of Class, Race and Place
PART II: MOD ENGLAND
4. My Generation: Pete Townshend, The Who and English Mods
5. Mods over England: Local Experiences and Social Control
6. Class, Nation and Social Change in the Kinks' England
PART III: GLAM/PUNK ENGLAND
7. Aliens in England: Slade, David Bowie, Ziggy Stardust and Glam Rock
8. Darkness over England: Punk Rock and the Sex Pistols Anarchy Tour 1976
9. Encore: On The Road to Wigan Pier with Georgie Fame and Billy Boston, 2 March 2003