The First World War in Popular Music since 1958

Grant, P. (2017). The First World War in Popular Music since 1958. In: A. Einhaus & I. Baxter (Eds.), of The Edinburgh Companion to the First World War and the Arts. (pp. 216-229). Edinburgh University Press. ISBN 9781474401630

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Abstract

The First World War in Popular Music since 1958Peter GrantIntroductionSince 1958 there have been over 1,400 newly composed songs ‘about’ the First World War in the different genres of popular music with numbers increasing signifi cantly since the new millennium. By this I mean songs where the infl uence of the war is discernible, whether directly or through ‘signifi ers’ or references, in the title or lyrics. Not surprisingly the largest number emanate from countries that were prominent in the fi ghting, with more coming from the victors than the losers, but there are also examples from as far afi eld as Armenia, Brazil, Colombia, Latvia, Malaysia, Mexico and Venezuela. The Great War was the fi rst truly global confl ict and its refl ection in popular music has been equally universal

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Additional Information: This work is part of The Edinburgh Companion to the First World War and the Arts, edited by Ann-Marie Einhaus and Katherine Isobel Baxter (Edinburgh University Press, 2017) https://edinburghuniversitypress.com/ Edinburgh University Press Books edinburghuniversitypress.com Edinburgh University Press - the premier Scottish publisher of academic books, ebooks and journals). Permission is strictly limited for personal use only and the material is not to be re-published or distributed for commercial purposes without prior permission of the author and the publisher.
Subjects: D History General and Old World > D History (General)
D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D501 World War I
M Music and Books on Music > M Music
Divisions: Cass Business School > Faculty of Management
URI: http://openaccess.city.ac.uk/id/eprint/16363

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