Conclusion: Music and the Centenary

  • Peter Grant
Part of the Palgrave Studies in the History of Subcultures and Popular Music book series (PSHSPM)


Looks briefly at how various national War myths are influencing the way in which the centenary of the War is being presented in different countries, especially through the use of music. Draws some final conclusions on the relationship between popular music, memory and national myth making.


Popular Music Conscientious Objector Musical Event Nobel Peace Prize Western Front 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.


  1. Badsey, S. (2015, May 5). A muddy vision of the Great War, History Today. 65. Accessed 17 Sept 2015.
  2. Barber, J. (2015, June 26). “Offensively tasteless” Mother Canada statue plan sparks outrage against PM, The Guardian. Accessed 17 Sept 2015.
  3. Barker, H., & Taylor, Y. (2007). Faking it: The quest for authenticity in popular music. New York/London: W.W. Norton.Google Scholar
  4. BBC. (2014). World War One: Marking the centenary of World War One across the BBC Media Pack, Arts and Music. Accessed 11 Aug 2015.
  5. Beyen, M. (2015). Introduction: Local, national, transnational memories: A triangular relationship. In M. Beyen & B. Deseure (Eds.), Local memories in a nationalizing and globalizing world. Basingstoke/New York: Palgrave Macmillan.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  6. Bicknell, J. (2009). Why music moves us. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  7. Bogle, E. (2015, April 25). BBC Radio 5 Live news interview.Google Scholar
  8. Cardy, T. (2015). Kiwi composer Michael Williams’ symphony salutes his Anzac great grandfather, Accessed 17 Sept 2015.
  9. Cargas, H. J. (1986). An interview with Elie Wiesel. Holocaust and Genocide Studies, 1, 5.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  10. Cave, N. (2014). Flemish composer Nicholas Lens writes opera with Nick Cave, Arts Flanders. Accessed 17 Sept 2015.
  11. Cochrane, P. (2015, April 24). The past is not sacred: The “history wars” over Anzac’, the Conversation. Accessed 3 Sept 2015.
  12. Constable, N. (2013, April 21). Hero of BBC’s Great War tribute is… A German. Accessed 17 Sept 2015.
  13. Dixon, B., & Porter, L. (2011). How shall we look again? Revisiting the archive in British silent film and the Great War. In M. Hammond & M. Williams (Eds.), British silent cinema and the Great War. Basingstoke/New York: Palgrave Macmillan.Google Scholar
  14. Eco, U. (1995, June 22). Ur-Fascism, The New York Review of Books. Accessed 26 Nov 2015.
  15. Falcone, J. (2014). Album of the week: Tindersticks Ypres, The Metropolis. . Accessed 17 Sept 2015.
  16. Fisk, R. (2015, January 19). The Gallipoli centenary is a shameful attempt to hide the Armenian Holocaust. The Independent. Accessed 17 Sept 2015.
  17. Fussell, P. (2000). The Great War and Modern Memory, 25th Anniversary edition. New York: Oxford University Press.Google Scholar
  18. Gadher, D. (2014, October 26). We’re all at ease on war front. Sunday Times, 21.Google Scholar
  19. Grace, S. (2014). Landscapes of war and memory: The two world wars in Canadian literature and the arts, 1977–2007. Edmonton: University of Alberta Press.Google Scholar
  20. Hegarty, P., & Halliwell, M. (2011). Beyond and before: Progressive rock since the 1960s. London: Continuum.Google Scholar
  21. Hellmann, J. (1997). The Vietnam film and American memory. In M. Evans & K. Lunn (Eds.), War and memory in the twentieth century (pp. 177–190). Oxford/New York: Berg.Google Scholar
  22. Hewett, I. (2015, April 20). The Great War symphony: How music can honour the fallen, Daily Telegraph. Accessed 17 Sept 2015.
  23. Hobsbawm, E. (1993, December 16). The new threat to history. New York Review, 64.Google Scholar
  24. Jenkins, S. (2014a, January 30). Germany, I apologise for this sickening avalanche of First World War worship, The Guardian. Accessed 17 Sept 2015.
  25. Jenkins, S. (2014b, August 4). 1914: The Great War has become a nightly pornography of violence. The Guardian. Accessed 17 Sept 2015.
  26. Jones, J. (2014, October 28). The Tower of London poppies are fake, trite and inward-looking – A UKIP-style memorial. The Guardian. Accessed 17 Sept 2015.
  27. Lipsitz, G. (2001). Time passages: Collective memory and American popular culture. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press.Google Scholar
  28. Lynskey, D. (2012). 33 revolutions per minute: A history of protest songs. London: Faber and Faber.Google Scholar
  29. Mac, S. C. (2014, October 23). Tindersticks Ypres, Slant Magazine. Accessed 17 Sept 2015.
  30. Malvern, S. (2004). Modern art, Britain and the Great War, witnessing, testimony and remembrance. New Haven and London: Yale University Press.Google Scholar
  31. Matthews, A. (2015, April 22). “Gallipoli fatigue” causes poor ratings for WW1 TV shows as war weary Australians switch off. The World Today. Accessed 17 Sept 2015.
  32. Mccann, E. (2015, May 4). The toxic myth of Anzac. Counterpunch. Accessed 17 Sept 2015.
  33. Napper, L. (2011). Remembrance, re-membering and recollection: Walter Summers and the British War film of the 1920s. In M. Hammond & M. Williams (Eds.), British silent cinema and the Great War (pp. 109–118). Basingstoke/New York: Palgrave Macmillan.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  34. Ruin, H. (2015). Spectral phenomenology: Derrida, Heidegger and the problem of the Ancestral. In S. Kattago (Ed.), The Ashgate research companion to memory studies (pp. 61–74). Farnham: Ashgate.Google Scholar
  35. Sargeant, A. (2011). “A victory and a defeat as glorious as a victory”: The battles of the Coronel and Falkland Islands (Walter Summers, 1927). In M. Hammond & M. Williams (Eds.), British silent cinema and the Great War (pp. 79–93). London: Palgrave.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  36. Superact website. (2015). Accessed 17 Sept 2015.
  37. Talbot, R. A. (2015). Has commemoration always been this hyper-partisan? Canadian Historical Association Bulletin, 41(2), 5.Google Scholar
  38. Tindersticks. (2014). Cd booklet notes for Ypres (P & C Lucky Dog).Google Scholar
  39. Van der Auwera, S., & Schramme, A. (2014). Commemoration of the Great War: A global phenomenon or a national agenda? Journal of Conflict Archaeology, 9(1), 3–15.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  40. Wiesel, E. (1985). Night. New York: Hill and Wang.Google Scholar
  41. Wood, J. (2014). The Great War and the challenge of memory. New Sound: International Journal of Music, 44(II), 109–120.Google Scholar
  42. Yeats, W. B. (1940). Letter of 26 December, 1936, in Letters on poetry from W.B. Yeats to Dorothy Wellesley. Oxford: Oxford University Press.Google Scholar

Copyright information

© The Author(s) 2017

Authors and Affiliations

  • Peter Grant
    • 1
  1. 1.Cass Business SchoolCity University of LondonLondonUK

Personalised recommendations