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Simon Frith on live music on BBC Radio 4: Thinking Allowed 22/05/13

This week’s blog post is to promote the fact that the entirety of this week’s BBC Radio 4’s ‘Thinking Allowed’ programme was devoted to the social history of live music in the UK, based on the first book in a three-volume series by Live Music Exchange’s Simon Frith, Matt Brennan, Martin Cloonan, and Emma Webster, published in March 2013.

The programme was broadcast live on Wednesday 22 May 2013 between 4 and 5pm and will be available online for the foreseeable future.

To listen, click here.

Live music – from Dance Hall to the 100 Club

The social history of music in Britain since 1950 has long been the subject of nostalgic articles and programmes, but to date there has been no proper scholarly study. The writer and Professor of Music, Simon Frith, is one of the co-authors of the first in a three volume series which addresses this gap. He talks to Laurie Taylor about how the organisation and enjoyment of live music changed between 1950 and 1967 offering new insights into the evolving nature of musical fashions; the impact of developing technologies and the balance of power between live and recorded music businesses. The first volume draws on archival research, a wide range of academic and non-academic sources, participant observation and industry interviews.

Dr Catherine Tackley, musician and lecturer, and Casper Melville, lecturer in Global Cultural Industries, join the debate.

The Thinking Allowed archives can be found here.


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