What did popular song mean to people across the world during the First World War? For the first time, song repertoires and musical industries from countries on both sides in the Great War as well as from neutral countries are analysed in one exciting volume. Experts from around the world, and with very different approaches, bring to life the entertainment of a century ago, to show the role it played in the lives of our ancestors. The reader will meet the penniless lyricist, the theatre chain owner, the cross-dressing singer, fado composer, stage Scotsman or rhyming soldier, whether they come from Serbia, Britain, the USA, Germany, France, Portugal or elsewhere, in this fascinating exploration of showbiz before the generalization of the gramophone. Singing was a vector for patriotic support for the war, and sometimes for anti-war activism, but it was much more than that, and expressed and constructed debates, anxieties, social identities and changes in gender roles. This work, accompanied by many links to online recordings, will allow the reader to glimpse the complex role of popular song in people’s lives in a period of total war.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Beyond the Question of Morale: Popular Music in the First World War John Mullen What Voices Can be Heard in Wartime Popular Song? Chapter I: What voices can be heard in British music hall Songs of the First World War? John Mullen Chapter II: French popular song at the front during the Great War Eric Sauda Chapter III: German soldier songs in the First World War and beyond André Rottgeri Chapter IV: The music of war resistance in Britain, 1914-1918 Clive Barrett Chapter V: In search of the French anti-war song, the Chanson de Craonne Guy Marival Gender, Commercial Song and War Chapter VI Couples in French popular song and the challenges of the Great War Anne Simon Chapter VII Masculinity, war and song in America 1917-1918 Christina Gier Chapter VIII From tulips and curls to donuts and jazz: the representation of women in American popular and soldier songs during the First World War Amy Wells Chapter IX Staging the nation: Claire Waldoff and Berlin cabaret before and during the Great War Melanie Schiller The Expression of National and Social Identities Chapter X ‘We shall get there in time’: contemporary responses to the First World War by New Zealand songwriters Chris Bourke Chapter XI: Irish Songs of World War I Erick Falc’her-Poyroux Chapter XII: Popular music and eroticism: the Spanish Cuplé during the years of the First World War Lidia López. Chapter XIII: A business without an industry: the Portuguese music business in turbulent times Pedro Félix Chapter XIV: Early Serbian popular songs outside of Serbia during the Great War Dragan Aleksić, Maja Vasiljević, Nataša Simeunović Bajić
John Mullen is Professor at Rouen University. He is author of 'The Show Must Go On': Popular Song in Britain during the First World War (Ashgate 2015). He has published widely on questions of popular music between 1880 and 1920, and on the history and historiography of the First World War, and is also the editor of the French Journal of British Studies.