From Mummers to Madness: A Social History of Popular Music in England, c.1770s to c.1970s
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Professor Taylor is a social historian who for many years taught at the polytechnics, later universities, of Teesside and Huddersfield and, more recently, at the Huddersfield & District University of the Third Age. He is best known for his publications on crime and policing, most recently Beerhouses, Brothels and Bobbies: Policing by Consent in Huddersfield and the Huddersfield District in the mid-nineteenth century but has a long-standing professional interest in popular leisure in general and popular music in particular, lecturing on the subject to a wide range of audiences.
In addition, he has a life-long personal engagement with a range of popular music from music-hall and folksong to rock n roll and reggae. From Mummers to Madness considers developments in the production and consumption of popular music in England over a period of some two hundred years, which saw dramatic changes in the socio-economic, demographic and cultural life of the country. Popular music, it is argued, was not simply a response to the wider developments that were taking place but contributed to the ongoing process of adaptation and change.
Published Published By Pages ISBN DOI Chapters Aug. 30, 2021 University of Huddersfield Press 452 978-1-86218-193-9 10.5920/mummers 24 License Information Text © David Taylor 2021 This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License. Images © as attributed. Every effort has been made to locate copyright holders of materials included and to obtain permission for their publication. The publisher is not responsible for the continued existence and accuracy of websites referenced in the text.
From Mummers to Madness: A Social History of Popular Music in England, c.1770s to c.1970s has the following Chapters:
- Chapter 1: Introduction: How can I keep from singing … and dancing?
- Chapter 2: ‘Aive down your prong and stamp along’: Festivals, feasts, and fairs
- Chapter 3: ‘Between the jigs and the reels’: Popular dance and dancing
- Chapter 4: ‘I’ll sing you a song and a very pretty one’: Broadsides, ballads and more
- Chapter 5: ‘Come all you bold heroes, give ear to my Song’: Sport, drink and sex
- Chapter 6: ‘In Maidstone gaol, I am lamenting’: Crime, punishment and socio-political comment
- Chapter 7: ‘Sing, sing! Why shouldn’t we sing?’ Popular music in the age of the music hall
- Chapter 8: ‘Dancing to the organ (in the Mile End Road)’: Dance and Dancing Saloons
- Chapter 9: ‘Champagne Charlie is my name’: The swell, the Irish and the cockney
- Chapter 10: ‘A little of what you fancy’: Love, marriage and other social problems
- Chapter 11: ‘The Boers have got my daddy’: Politics domestic and foreign
- Chapter 12: ‘The Minstrels Parade’: Blackface minstrelsy and the music hall
- Chapter 13: ‘Fings ain’t what they used to be’: The strange and lingering death of variety theatre
- Chapter 14: ‘I wish I could shimmy like my sister Kate’: Dance halls and dancing between the wars
- Chapter 15: ‘Let’s have a song upon the gramophone’: Manufactured music - records, radio and the cinema
- Chapter 16: ‘I like bananas’: Popular songs of the 1920s and 1930s
- Chapter 17: ‘Music while you work’ ... and play: Popular music c.1940-1955
- Chapter 18: ‘Don’t You Rock Me, Daddy-O’: Skiffle and rock ‘n’ roll
- Chapter 19: ‘Twist and shout’: Illusion and disillusion in the 1960s and 1970s
- Chapter 20: ‘Woke Up This Morning:’ How we got the (rhythm and) blues – and found some soul
- Chapter 21: ‘Islands in the Sun’: Calypso to reggae
- Chapter 22: Conclusion: Mummers to Madness- the broader picture
- Appendix: Late-eighteenth/early-nineteenth century tunes