Music for the People: Popular Music and Dance in Interwar Britain

Hardcover | September 1, 2002

byJames J. Nott

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Popular music was a powerful and persistent influence in the daily life of millions in interwar Britain, yet these crucial years in the development of the popular music industry have rarely been the subject of detailed investigation. For the first time, here is a comprehensive survey of theBritish popular music industry and its audience. The book examines the changes to popular music and the industry and their impact on British society and culture from 1918 to 1939. It looks at the businesses involved in the supply of popular music, how the industry organised itself, and whocontrolled it. It attempts to establish the size of the audience for popular music and to determine who this audience was. Finally, it considers popular music itself - how the music changed, which music was the most popular, and how certain genres were made available to the public.

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Popular music was a powerful and persistent influence in the daily life of millions in interwar Britain, yet these crucial years in the development of the popular music industry have rarely been the subject of detailed investigation. For the first time, here is a comprehensive survey of theBritish popular music industry and its audienc...

James Nott is a Part-time Lecturer, Birbeck College, University of London.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:288 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.86 inPublished:September 1, 2002Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199254079

ISBN - 13:9780199254071

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Table of Contents

IntroductionThe Mechanised Popular Music Industry1. The Rise of the Gramophone and the Development of the British Gramophone Industry2. The Role of the Gramophone in Daily Life in Interwar Britain and its Effect on Musical Culture3. Radio, Cinema, and Popular Music in Interwar BritainThe Live Popular Music Industry4. Developments in Live Music 1918 to 1939: From Performers to Listeners5. Live Music: Dance Bands, Dance Music, and Dance Musicians6. The Expansion and Development of the Dance Hall Industry7. The Experience of Dancing, Dance Halls, and the Dance Culture 1918-1939Popular Music and Popular Music Artists8. Tastes in Popular Music 1918-1939Conclusion