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Rhythms of Labour: Music at Work in Britain (Hardback)
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Rhythms of Labour: Music at Work in Britain (Hardback)

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Hardback 354 Pages / Published: 25/04/2013
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Whether for weavers at the handloom, labourers at the plough or factory workers on the assembly line, music has often been a key texture in people's working lives. This book is the first to explore the rich history of music at work in Britain and charts the journey from the singing cultures of pre-industrial occupations, to the impact and uses of the factory radio, via the silencing effect of industrialisation. The first part of the book discusses how widespread cultures of singing at work were in pre-industrial manual occupations. The second and third parts of the book show how musical silence reigned with industrialisation, until the carefully controlled introduction of Music while You Work in the 1940s. Continuing the analysis to the present day, Rhythms of Labour explains how workers have clung to and reclaimed popular music on the radio in desperate and creative ways.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9781107000179
Number of pages: 354
Weight: 820 g
Dimensions: 253 x 180 x 24 mm


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'... real and unconstrained strength lies in [this book's] masterly coverage and presentation of the primary sources, its understanding and exploitation of previous scholarship, and its excellent bibliography.' Stephen Banfield, CHOMBEC News
"... real and unconstrained strength lies in [this book's] masterly coverage and presentation of the primary sources, its understanding and exploitation of previous scholarship, and its excellent bibliography." Stephen Banfield, CHOMBEC News

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