Live Music - from Dance Hall to the 100 Club

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 Caspar Melville, lecturer in Global Cultural Industries, join the debate.

Producer: Jayne Egerton.

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Simon Frith

Tovey Chair of Music, University of Edinburgh


Find out more about Professor Simon Frith


The History of Live Music in Britain, Volume I: 1950-1967
Simon Frith, Matt Brennan, Martin Cloonan, Emma Webster (Authors)
Publisher: Ashgate
ISBN-10: 1409422801
ISBN-13: 978-1409422808

Catherine Tackley

Musician and Lecturer, Open University


Find out more about Dr Catherine Tackley


Benny Goodman's Famous 1938 Carnegie Hall Jazz Concert
Publisher: OUP USA
ISBN-10: 0195398319
ISBN-13: 978-0195398311

Caspar Melville

Lecturer in the Music Department at the School of Oriental and African Studies


Find out more about Caspar Melville

Music played in the programme

Jersey Lightning
Performers: Merseysippi Jazz Band
Album Title: Merseysippi Jazz Band: Mersey Tunnel Jazz
Label: Lake Catalogue No: LACD 85



Rock Island Line
Performers: Lonnie Donegan
Album Title: 1956 British Hit Parade: Britain's Greatest Hits Volume 5 Part 1 CD1
Label: Acrobat Catalogue No: FNACQCD7002



Joe explains Freeform - Coda
Performers: Joe Harriott Quintet
Album Title: Joe Harriott Genius
Label: Jazz Academy Catalogue No: JAZA 6



(We're Gonna) Rock Around The Clock
Performers: Bill Haley
Album Title: 24 Jukebox Hits of the 50's
Label: Black Tulip Catalogue No: 2636792



(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction
Performers: The Rolling Stones
Album Title: Live Licks
Label: Virgin Catalogue No: CDVD-3000

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