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Singing the unspeakable

Mary-Ann Constantine and Gerald Porter

in Fragments and Meaning in Traditional Song: From the Blues to the Baltic

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780197262887
eISBN:
9780191734441
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
British Academy
DOI:
10.5871/bacad/9780197262887.003.0003
Subject:
Music, Ethnomusicology, World Music

This chapter discusses narratives, which give coherence to the chaos of experience. The chapter begins by studying the gapped narrative, where cannibalism became a recurring theme of English songs ... More


‘God was in France all Friday’: incoherence from the inside

Mary-Ann Constantine and Gerald Porter

in Fragments and Meaning in Traditional Song: From the Blues to the Baltic

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780197262887
eISBN:
9780191734441
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
British Academy
DOI:
10.5871/bacad/9780197262887.003.0004
Subject:
Music, Ethnomusicology, World Music

This chapter discusses a comparison of the scholarly criteria used to describe ‘nonsense’ with the attitudes of singers, in the mutually related areas of lexical corruption and narrative collapse. ... More


The Music: A General Overview

Britta Sweers

in Electric Folk: The Changing Face of English Traditional Music

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780195174786
eISBN:
9780199864348
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195174786.003.0006
Subject:
Music, Popular

This chapter provides a broader overview of the different musical elements that form the hybrid genre electric folk. This includes adaptations from the tradition (e.g. Child Ballads, broadsides, ... More


“It’s Not British Music, It’s American Music”: Bob Dylan and Britain

John Hughes

in Transatlantic Roots Music: Folk, Blues, and National Identities

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781617032882
eISBN:
9781617032899
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781617032882.003.0006
Subject:
Music, Popular

This chapter examines Bob Dylan’s songwriting craft, by tracing the complex influence and genealogies of Dylan’s compositions throughout the 1960s as he crossed the Atlantic in person. It documents ... More


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