Mad Dogs and Englishness: Popular Music and English Identities

Mad Dogs and Englishness: Popular Music and English Identities

By: Lee Brooks (editor), Mark Donnelly (editor), Richard Mills (editor)Hardback

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Mad Dogs and Englishness connects English popular music with questions about English national identities, featuring essays that range across Bowie and Burial, PJ Harvey, Bishi and Tricky. The later years of the 20th century saw a resurgence of interest in cultural and political meanings of Englishness in ways that continue to resonate now. Pop music is simultaneously on the outside and inside of the ensuing debates. It can be used as a mode of commentary about how meanings of Englishness circulate socially. But it also produces those meanings, often underwriting claims about English national cultural distinctiveness and superiority. This book's expert contributors use trans-national and trans-disciplinary perspectives to provide historical and contemporary commentaries about pop's complex relationships with Englishness. Each chapter is based on original research, and the essays comprise the best single volume available on pop and the English imaginary.

About Author

Lee Brooks, Mark Donnelly and Richard Mills work in the School of Arts and Humanities at St Mary's University, Twickenham, UK. They have extensive experience of teaching courses on popular music cultures. They have also published on subjects such as Sixties Britain, The Beatles and Morrissey.


Foreword Rupa Huq (Kingston University, UK) Acknowledgements Introduction: Englishness, whose Englishness? Lee Brooks and Mark Donnelly (St Mary's University, Twickenham, London, UK) Part One: English Heritage 1. `Rosy, Won't You Please Come Home': Family, Home, and Cultural Identity in the Music of Ray Davies and the Kinks. Carey Fleiner (University of Winchester, UK) 2. `Rule Britannia is out of bounds': David Bowie and English Heritage. David Bowie Is ... (2013) The Next Day (2013) and Blackstar (2016) Richard Mills (St Mary's University, Twickenham, London, UK) 3. Mod Cons: Back to the Future with The Jam (1977-79) Ben Winsworth (University of Orleans, France) 4. PJ Harvey and Remembering England Abigail Gardner (University of Gloucestershire, UK) Part Two: Spaces of Identity 5. An adventure in English Space and Time: Sound as Experience in Doctor Who (An Unearthly Child) Dene October (University of Arts, London, UK) 6. Productive boredom and unproductive labour: Cabaret Voltaire in the People's Republic of South Yorkshire Jon Hackett (St Mary's University, Twickenham, London, UK) 7. Flag of Convenience? The Union Jack as a contested symbol of Englishness in popular music or a convenient marketing device? Johnny Hopkins (Brighton Institute of Modern Music, UK) Part Three: Performing Discrepancy 8. The Poison in the Human Machine Raphael Costambeys-Kempczynski (Universite Sorbonne Nouvelle, Paris) 9. `Brand New You're Retro': Tricky as Engpop Dissident Christian Lloyd and Shara Rambarran (Brighton Institute of Modern Music, UK) 10. The (un)masked bard: Burial's denied profile and the memory of English underground music Gabriele Marino (University of Turin, Italy) 11. Albion Voice: The Englishness of Bishi Simon Keegan-Phipps and Trish Winter (University of Sheffield, UK and University of Sunderland, UK) Index

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  • ISBN13: 9781501311253
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 240
  • ID: 9781501311253
  • weight: 481
  • ISBN10: 1501311255

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