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Thinking Allowed - Live music 1950 to 1967

Updated Tuesday, 21st May 2013

This week's Thinking Allowed looks at the social history of live music from 1950 to 1967

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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 Casper Melville, lecturer in Global Cultural Industries, also join the debate.

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