Sounds Northern - Popular Music, Culture and Place in England’s North - Ewa Mazierska

Sounds Northern - Popular Music, Culture and Place in England’s North - Ewa Mazierska

Is It Really Grim Up North?: Popular Music in the North of England

Sounds Northern - Popular Music, Culture and Place in England’s North - Ewa Mazierska

Ewa Mazierska [+-]
University of Central Lancashire
Ewa Mazierska is Professor of Film Studies, at the University of Central Lancashire. She published over twenty monographs and edited collections on film and popular music. They include Relocating Popular Music (Palgrave, 2015), edited with Georgina Gregory, From Self- Fulfillment to Survival of the Fittest: Work in European Cinema from the 1960s to the Present (Berghahn, 2015), Falco and Beyond: Neo Nothing Post of All (Equinox, 2014) and European Cinema and Intertextuality: History, Memory, Politics (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011). Mazierska’s work was translated into nearly twenty languages, including French, Italian, German, Chinese, Korean, Portuguese, Estonian and Serbian. She is principal editor of a Routledge journal, Studies in Eastern European Cinema.

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The North of England is regarded as a region economically and culturally lagging behind the South of England. However, this situation does not refer to popular music in which the North has had an influence which is comparable to that of London. Many bands and performers coming from the North, including the Beatles, the Animals, Herman’s Hermit, the Smiths, the Happy Mondays, the Fall, Joy Division, New Order, Pulp and Oasis belong to most popular and influential pop-rock musicians in the world. The North has also been the home to some particular dance scenes including Northern Soul, the ‘Madchester’ acid house, rave scenes and hip hop and grime scenes. This collection presents some of the less well known facets of popular music in the North of England, examining how popular music reflected on various aspects of the North, such as its economy and architecture and how it impacted on self- and external perception of the North. It assumes that understanding of the English North vary and its geography has more to do with imagined rather than empirical communities. The North can be seen as being defined against an England epitomised by London and as an area reflecting the most salient features of England as a whole. Specific chapters discuss topics such as the music scenes in Manchester, Liverpool, Hull and Sheffield, music festivals and careers of some musicians connected with the North such as MC Tunes and Bugzy Malone. Written in a jargon-free language, it should be of interest to everybody interested in music of the North.

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Mazierska, Ewa. Is It Really Grim Up North?: Popular Music in the North of England. Sounds Northern - Popular Music, Culture and Place in England’s North. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 1-14 Feb 2018. ISBN 9781781795712. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=33853. Date accessed: 19 Oct 2019 doi: 10.1558/equinox.33853. Feb 2018

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