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Victory through Harmony: The BBC and Popular Music in World War II Hardcover – Nov 9 2011

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press (Nov. 9 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195372018
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195372014
  • Product Dimensions: 23.9 x 3 x 16.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 499 g
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #722,476 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Christina Baade's meticulously researched, engagingly written story of the BBC's struggle on the front lines of popular music during the World War II years opens up new historical territory. Charting the clash of taste cultures, national interests, gender, race, and sexuality over a handful of crucial years, her study demonstrates the immense vitality and importance of popular music, and its radio purveyors, in a time of social transformation. It is a tale not to be missed." --Michele Hilmes, Professor of Media and Cultural Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and author of Network Nations: A Transnational History of British and American Broadcasting

"In this captivating and thoroughly researched book, Christina Baade has found a notable balance between fascinating detail and musical vigour, her flowing and evocative writing bringing to life the extraordinary role that popular music played in British broadcasting during the Second World War. Using the BBC's institutional grounding and programme structure as a framework, Baade interweaves cultural reflections on issues such as gender, authenticity and sentimentality with fundamental concerns surrounding wartime encouragement of morale through the arts. The rhythm and energy that infused the music under scrutiny, in hugely popular programmes such as Vera Lynn's Sincerely Yours, Music While You Work and Radio Rythm Club, permeates this captivating text, illustrated compellingly with music examples in sound." -- Jenny Doctor, Reader, University of York

"Christina Baade's Victory through Harmony is that rare thing--a genuinely interdisciplinary book that is good at all the things it takes on. This book will make a significant contribution in a number of areas: popular music studies, work on the nation-state articulated in culture, scholarship on Britain in WW2, and radio studies. The deft archival work is balanced by well considered cultural analysis to make a genuinely important book." -Anahid Kassabian, James and Constance Alsop Chair of Music, The University of Liverpool

"[A] detailed, well-researched volume...With its impressive array of archival material, this book will appeal to historians as well as to those interested in the history of popular music. Adding to the experience of a well-written book is the companion website, where readers can listen to audio tracks of some of the music discussed...Highly recommended." --Choice

"Victory through Harmony effectively uses the BBC and popular music as a lens through which to examine the contested nature of national identity and good citizenship during the "People's War." It makes an important contribution to media history and should be read by anyone interested in the history of popular music in Britain." --The Journal of British Studies

"[T]horoughly researched and documented, but also entertaining to read." --ARSC Journal

About the Author

Christina Baade is Associate Professor in Music and Communication Studies at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario.

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