Popular music in England 1840-1914

A social history

By David Russell

Popular music in England 1840-1914

Book Information

  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 978-0-7190-5261-3
  • Pages: 368
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £15.99
  • Published Date: November 1997
  • BIC Category: The arts / Music, Society & social sciences / Cultural studies, MUSIC / History & Criticism, SOCIAL SCIENCE / Anthropology / Cultural, Music, Music reviews & criticism, Music
  • Series: Music and Society


The only in-depth study of the wider field of popular music in this period. Scholarly, but accessible. This is an Open University Set Text.


Preface to the second edition
Introduction: music and society
Part 1 Control: music and the battle for the working-class mind
Music and morals, 1840-1880
Music and morals, 1880-1914
Part 2 Capitalism: entrepreneurs and popular music
The popular music insustry
The Music hall and its music
Social and political comment in music-hall song
Patriotism, jingoism and imperialism
Part 3 Community: the music of 'the people'
The emergence of a popular tradition
Brass bands
Choral societies
Music and social change
Appendix: Working-class composers
Select bibliography


Dave Russell is Reader in the History of Popular Culture at the University of Central Lancashire

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