Britpop and the English Music Tradition

Britpop and the English Music Tradition

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Britpop and the English Music Tradition is the first study devoted exclusively to the Britpop phenomenon and its contexts. The genre of Britpop, with its assertion of Englishness, evolved at the same time that devolution was striking deep into the hegemonic claims of English culture to represent Britain. It is usually argued that Britpop, with its strident declarations of Englishness, was a response to the dominance of grunge. The contributors in this volume take a different point of view: that Britpop celebrated Englishness at a time when British culture, with its English hegemonic core, was being challenged and dismantled. It is now timely to look back on Britpop as a cultural phenomenon of the 1990s that can be set into the political context of its time, and into the cultural context of the last fifty years a€“ a time of fundamental revision of what it means to be British and English. The book examines issues such as the historical antecedents of Britpop, the subjectivities governing the performative conventions of Britpop, the cultural context within which Britpop unfolded, and its influence on the post-Britpop music scene in the UK. While Britpop is central to the volume, discussion of this phenomenon is used as an opportunity to examine the particularities of English popular music since the turn of the twentieth century.A typical and successful music-hall composer was George le Brunn, who died at 42 in 1905 having written over 1, 000 published and ... or four minutes and to compose up to thirty of these a week, something even Elton John in his heyday might have struggled to equal. ... to enforce the performance a#39;ownershipa#39; of the song by naming and often portraying the relevant singer on sheet music, adding suchanbsp;...


Title:Britpop and the English Music Tradition
Author: Professor Andy Bennett, Professor Jon Stratton
Publisher:Ashgate Publishing, Ltd. - 2013-01-28
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