An account of a unique victory for musicians against repressive entertainment licensing laws with a study of the social, political, cultural and legal conditions surrounding a change in law and public attitudes toward vernacular music in New York City.
A comprehensive social history of ballroom dancing in Scotland, drawing on research and personal accounts, from the eighteenth century through to the 1990s.
A history of the Bunjies coffee house- central to the folk movements of the 1950s and 1960s and home to performances from artists such as Bob Dylan, Paul Simon, Al Stewart, Bert Jansch and John Renbourn. Features accounts by performers and regulars.
Autobiography of producer, club promoter and tour manager Joe Boyd – details his experiences of working with big names like Bob Dylan, Nick Drake and Pink Floyd, as well as portraitss of figures from jazz and folk. A first hand account of the music scene in the 1960s.
An examination of how Britons have tried to find a distinctive musical voice and how musicians in Britain and its former colonies have proposed ‘national’ musics – analyses a wide range of genres and debates to emphasise music a generator of value and identity.
An edited collection of essays examining the history and socio-economic context of music hall from the mid nineteenth to early twentieth century.
A celebration of London’s live music from the 1950s to 1970s featuring eyewitness accounts and covers famous and lesser-known acts and venues. Includes colour photographs, and reproductions of tickets, posters, contracts and other memorabilia.
An oral history of the Glastonbury Festival old in the words of everyone involved with the festival, from Michael and Emily Eavis and Arabella Churchill to Glastonbury village residents and local policemen and a wealth of celebrity contributions.
A classic text on the social history of music, bringing together sociological and historical methods to address major themes such as the role of class in cultural definition and the establishment of a musical canon.
A study of the materials that surround LPs and CDs as part of a cultural history of the record, and how the phonograph helped to democratise classical music by enabling it to be heard at home.