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New Book On British Popular Song During WW1

Show Must Go On! Popular Song in Britain During the First World War, The 9781472441584 copy

Ashgate Publishing has just published a new book by John Mullen called The Show Must Go On! Popular Song in Britain During the First World War:

The book covers the following areas:

  • Contents: Preface; Introduction: Battles, society and entertainment; Portrait of an industry: producing popular music, 1914-1918; A star in focus 1: Harry Lauder – ‘Scottish ambassador’?; A patchwork of genres; A star in focus 2: Vesta Tilley – the woman who played men; The songs and their content; A star in focus 3: Marie Lloyd – ‘Our Marie’; ‘If you were the only girl in the world’: women, men and love in music-hall song; A star in focus 4: Harry Champion – ‘the spirit of the poorer parts of London’; Songs about the war: elite voices and people’s voices; ‘I want to go home’: soldiers’ songs and other non-commercial songs; Conclusions; Appendix; Bibliography; Index.

More details can be found at the publisher’s website where the book can also be purchased. BMHS members can use the code C15JKX20 (valid from 1/7/15 – 30/9/15) to receive a 20% discount (there is a prompt during the checkout process to enter this).


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