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National Myth and the First World War in Modern Popular Music

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Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Peter Grant
    Pages 1-12
  3. Peter Grant
    Pages 13-48
  4. Peter Grant
    Pages 49-65
  5. Peter Grant
    Pages 67-86
  6. Peter Grant
    Pages 87-119
  7. Peter Grant
    Pages 121-145
  8. Peter Grant
    Pages 147-181
  9. Peter Grant
    Pages 183-201
  10. Peter Grant
    Pages 203-225
  11. Peter Grant
    Pages 227-257
  12. Peter Grant
    Pages 259-271
  13. Back Matter
    Pages 273-303

About this book

Introduction

This book looks at the role of popular music in constructing the myth of the First World War. Since the late 1950s over 1,500 popular songs from more than forty countries have been recorded that draw inspiration from the War. National Myth and the First World War in Modern Popular Music takes an inter-disciplinary approach that locates popular music within the framework of ‘memory studies’ and analyses how songwriters are influenced by their country’s ‘national myths’. How does popular music help form memory and remembrance of such an event? Why do some songwriters stick rigidly to culturally dominant forms of memory whereas others seek an oppositional or transnational perspective? The huge range of musical examples include the great chansonniers Jacques Brel and Georges Brassens; folk maestros including Al Stewart and Eric Bogle; the socially aware rock of The Kinks and Pink Floyd; metal legends Iron Maiden and Bolt Thrower and female iconoclasts Diamanda Galás and PJ Harvey.

Keywords

World War One National myths Popular memory Nationalism Remembrance

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Cass Business SchoolCity University of LondonUnited Kingdom

About the authors

Peter Grant is Senior Lecturer at City University London, UK. His previous books include Philanthropy and Voluntary Action in the First World War and The Business of Giving. He is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, a trustee of the Amy Winehouse Foundation and President of Kennington Cricket Club.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title National Myth and the First World War in Modern Popular Music
  • Authors Peter Grant
  • Series Title Palgrave Studies in the History of Subcultures and Popular Music
  • Series Abbreviated Title Palgrave Studies in the History of Subcultures and Popular Music
  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-137-60139-1
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2017
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages History History (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-1-137-60138-4
  • Softcover ISBN 978-1-349-95880-1
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-137-60139-1
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XI, 303
  • Number of Illustrations 22 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Cultural History
    Music
    Memory Studies
    European History
    History of Military
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Reviews

“This book has been extensively researched and analytically is informed and astute. It is a valuable addition to both memory studies and music studies.” (European Journal of Communication, Vol. 33 (2), April, 2018)