Arbeiterkultur Im Gesellschaftlichen Konflikt, Pages 17-35
With the exception of the occasional local case study, music-hall history has until now been presented as the history of the London halls. This book attempts to redress the balance by setting music-hall history within a national perspective. Kift also sheds a new light on the roles of managements, performers and audiences. For example, the author confutes the commonly held assumption that most women in the halls were prostitutes and shows them to have been working women accompanied by workmates of both sexes or by their families. She argues that before the 1890s the halls catered predominantly to working-class and lower middle-class audiences of men and women of all ages and were instrumental in giving them a strong and self-confident identity. The hall's ability to sustain a distinct class-awareness was one of their greatest strengths - but this factor was also at the root of many of the controversies which surrounded them. These controversies are at the centre of the book and Kift treats them as test cases for social relations which provide fresh insights into nineteenth-century British society and politics.
Programme cover of Mosss Liverpool Empire 1900 Authors
The musichall programme
Cover of the sheet music for J B Geoghegans song England
The Idyllic Mr Punchs Model Music Hall by F Anstey
Poster for the Millstone Concert Hall Bolton 1850s Bolton
15 October alcohol alcohol licence amongst applications audience authorities began Bolton Bolton Chronicle Bradford Observer Bratton British campaign Canterbury century character Charrington Chartists Concert Hall conflicts controversies council Daily Telegraph dancing licences disputes drink E. P. Thompson early Early Doors elite Empire February Glasgow granted Hennock History ibid industry institutions January Labour Leeds Leeds Express Leisure Liberal licensing laws licensing sessions London halls Londoner Music Hall magistrates major manager Manchester March middle middle-class moral MR/LMD municipal music-hall music-hall programme music-hall proprietors music-hall songs Nonetheless November October organised Palace Parliamentary Papers 1866 performers places of entertainment political Popular Culture presented prostitutes pub music halls Pullan regarded regions respect role Schneider Select Committee September Sharples Sheffield singing saloons Social Control Society stage Star Stedman Jones Surrey Music Hall teetotallers temperance movement tion took town traditional variety theatres Victorian women workers working-class culture Yorkshire Youdan