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dc.contributor.authorSouthall, Helen*
dc.date.accessioned2015-02-03T15:02:47Z
dc.date.available2015-02-03T15:02:47Z
dc.date.issued2014-10-03
dc.identifier.citationSouthall, Helen V. (2014). Total war and its effects on the live music industry in Cheshire and North Wales. In C. Hart, G. Hodgson, & S. Roberts (Eds.), World War II & the media : A collection of original essays. Chester: University of Chester.
dc.identifier.isbn9781910481004en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10034/344067
dc.description.abstractGiven the profound effect which World War II had on the economy of the UK as a whole, it would be surprising if specific areas of that economy – such as live music in the provinces – were not affected as well. How did ‘total war’ affect the live music industry on a local level? Evidence I have collected for a study of musicians active in and around Chester during the period suggests that the large number of military bases in the area, combined with the effects of other wartime factors such as conscription, rationing and the need to maintain both military and civilian morale, did indeed affect the size and nature of the market for live dance music locally. For instance, the large US Air Force base at Burtonwood was a source of work for local musicians, as well as an opportunity to mix with American musicians and music fans. As well as presenting information obtained through interviews with musicians and their relatives, I will also look briefly at what happened to the musicians and the bands after the war, when economic and social conditions changed again, at the same time as advances occurred in music-related technology.
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherUniversity of Chester
dc.relation.urlhttp://www.chester.ac.uk/university-press
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dc.subjectjazz history
dc.subjectjazz in Britain
dc.subjectjazz places
dc.subjectmusic business
dc.subjectWorld War II
dc.subjectmedia
dc.titleTotal war and its effects on the live music industry in Cheshire and North Wales
dc.typeBook chapter
dc.contributor.departmentUniversity of Chesteren
html.description.abstractGiven the profound effect which World War II had on the economy of the UK as a whole, it would be surprising if specific areas of that economy – such as live music in the provinces – were not affected as well. How did ‘total war’ affect the live music industry on a local level? Evidence I have collected for a study of musicians active in and around Chester during the period suggests that the large number of military bases in the area, combined with the effects of other wartime factors such as conscription, rationing and the need to maintain both military and civilian morale, did indeed affect the size and nature of the market for live dance music locally. For instance, the large US Air Force base at Burtonwood was a source of work for local musicians, as well as an opportunity to mix with American musicians and music fans. As well as presenting information obtained through interviews with musicians and their relatives, I will also look briefly at what happened to the musicians and the bands after the war, when economic and social conditions changed again, at the same time as advances occurred in music-related technology.


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