The Land Without Music: Music, Culture and Society in Twentieth-century Britain

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Manchester University Press, 1997 - Music - 256 pages
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In this pioneering cultural history, Andrew Blake examines the many ways in which twentieth century Britons have tried to find a distinctive musical voice. Musicians (including the new populations from the former colonies) have proposed 'national' musics for Britain as a whole and its constituent parts. Working in dialogue with European classical or American popular musics, the British produced the folk revivals of the 1920s and 1950s, the pastoral symphonies of the 1920s, the pop of the 1960s and of course Britpop in the 1990s. By surveying the debates surrounding the status of such artists and styles as the Beatles, Birtwistle, Blur and Bhangra, Andrew Blake emphasises the importance of music as a generator of value and identity. Including ground-breaking analyses of jazz-rock, ambient, the 'landscape with music' of the festival, and the Proms, this book will interest musicians, historians and those interested in contemporary culture.

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P.195 of this book refers to the street arts festival Hat Fair, based in Winchester. The Hat Fair actually began in 1974 and was started by Jonathan Kay. It began primarily as a busker's festival where artists were able to "hat" for money at the end of their shows. It is now one of the major UK street arts festivals with a significant programme of international work, commissions and partnerships with other key outdoor performance festivals across Europe.It also has a programme of small, mid and large scale performances and spectacle, as well as two education programmes and music.
The analysis of the aims of the festival is especially frustrating and demonstrates a total lack of understanding of Hat Fair. I wonder if the writer has ever attended...
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A British classical music?
List of tables
A story of British pop
The Romanticism of rock
List of figures
The landscape with music
Proms contents over 21 years page
The muse of diversity
A spectrum of musicians in search
A display of postmodern credentials

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Cultural Studies at King Alfred's College, Winchester, UK.

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