The History of Live Music in Britain, Volume II, 1968-1984: From Hyde Park to the Hacienda, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

The History of Live Music in Britain, Volume II, 1968-1984

From Hyde Park to the Hacienda, 1st Edition

By Simon Frith, Matt Brennan, Martin Cloonan, Emma Webster


232 pages

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To date, there has been a significant gap in work on the social history of music in Britain from 1950 to the present day. The three volumes of Live Music in Britain address this gap and do so through a unique prism—that of live music. The key theme of the books is the changing nature of the live music industry in the UK, focused upon popular music but including all musical genres. Via this focus, the books offer new insights into a number of other areas, including the relationship between commercial and public funding of music, changing musical fashions and tastes, the impact of changing technologies, the changing balance of power within the music industries, the role of the state in regulating and promoting various musical activities within an increasingly globalised music economy, and the effects of demographic and other social changes on music culture. Drawing on new archival research, a wide range of academic and non-academic secondary sources, participant observation and a series of interviews with key personnel, the books have the potential to become landmark works within Popular Music Studies and broader cultural history. The second volume covers the period from Hyde Park to the Hacienda (1968–84).

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About the Authors

Simon Frith is Emeritus Professor of Music at the University of Edinburgh, where he previously held the Tovey Chair. He was a graduate student at the University of California, Berkeley, in the late 1960s and from 1972 to 1987 taught Sociology at the University of Warwick while working as a rock critic for a variety of magazines, including Let It Rock and Melody Maker.

Matt Brennan is reader in Popular Music at the University of Glasgow. His most recent book, When Genres Collide, was named as one of Pitchfork’s "Favourite Music Books of 2017" and received an Honourable Mention at the Association of American Publishers’ 2018 PROSE Awards. He has served as chair of the UK and Ireland branch of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music.

Martin Cloonan is director of the Turku Institute for Advanced Studies (TIAS) at the University of Turku, Finland.

Emma Webster completed her PhD, Promoting Live Music: A Behind-the-Scenes Ethnography, in 2011. She has since held AHRC-funded postdoctoral positions at the Universities of East Anglia and Edinburgh and an Early Career Research Fellowship at Oxford Brookes University. She is a founder and director of research group Live Music Exchange.

About the Series

Ashgate Popular and Folk Music Series

Popular musicology embraces the field of musicological study that engages with popular forms of music, especially music associated with commerce, entertainment and leisure activities. The Ashgate Popular and Folk Music Series aims to present the best research in this field. Authors are concerned with criticism and analysis of the music itself, as well as locating musical practices, values and meanings in cultural context. The focus of the series is on popular music of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, with a remit to encompass the entirety of the world’s popular music.

Critical and analytical tools employed in the study of popular music are being continually developed and refined in the twenty-first century. Perspectives on the transcultural and intercultural uses of popular music have enriched understanding of social context, reception and subject position. Popular genres as distinct as reggae, township, bhangra, and flamenco are features of a shrinking, transnational world. The series recognizes and addresses the emergence of mixed genres and new global fusions, and utilizes a wide range of theoretical models drawn from anthropology, sociology, psychoanalysis, media studies, semiotics, postcolonial studies, feminism, gender studies and queer studies.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
MUSIC / General