Outlines the approach and structure of the book. Covers some key definitions. Discusses the nature of genre in popular music. Emphasises the cross-disciplinary nature of the book and examines where the ‘meaning’ of a popular song lies, concluding that both music and lyrics must be considered together. Briefly looks at the way in which war has been depicted musically and how popular music engaged with the topic of the First World War between 1919 and the late 1950s.
KeywordsPopular Music Musical Genre Military Historian Lyrical Content Popular Song
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