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Words and Music

  • Peter Grant
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Part of the Palgrave Studies in the History of Subcultures and Popular Music book series (PSHSPM)

Abstract

This chapter covers statistical and textual analysis of all 1500 songs. Looks at the importance of gender and ethnicity in relation to songs about the War followed by a number of tables covering country of origin, year of release and genre. Through the use of ‘word clouds’ compares three types of contrasting songs: writers in English and writers in French, British and American lyricists, and folk and metal writers. Compares the readability of 20 key songs utilising Flesch–Kincaid analysis. Undertakes an in-depth analysis of two pairs of songs. Al Stewart’s ‘Somewhere in England 1915’ (folk) and Cryptic Wintermoon’s ‘The End’ (black metal) are shown as quite similar in approach despite being musically very different. The similarities and differences between the War myths of Australia and Canada are brought out through an analysis of a key song from each country: Eric Bogle’s ‘And the Band Played Waltzing Matilda’ and Bryan Adam’s ‘Remembrance Day’ respectively.

Keywords

Popular Music Word Cloud Musical Style Black Artist Female Artist 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Peter Grant
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  1. 1.Cass Business SchoolCity University of LondonLondonUK

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