The Swing Monopoly During the Years of Wartime Economy
From 1939 on, the European phonographic industry had to switch to a wartime economy. In Germany, the Ministry of Propaganda additionally made sure that the broadcasting and record repertoire would conform to the ideological desires of the regime. Telefunken and its subsidiaries nevertheless continued their recording activities despite being subjected to an exertion of political influence; yet, they had to reduce their production output, since most foreign markets were no longer available. In Great Britain, EMI-HMV cooperated with the British Council and produced new records despite the ongoing Nazi bomb attacks and the wartime economy.