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Framing the Atmospheric Film Prologue in Britain, 1919–1926

Julie Brown.

in The Sounds of the Silents in Britain

December 2012; p ublished online January 2013 .

Chapter. Subjects: Popular Music. 9748 words.

In the late 1910s and 1920s, film prologues were often dramatic and/or musical performances presented live on stage immediately before a feature film. Directly related to the feature and...

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Animating the Audience: Singalong Films in Britain in the 1920s

Malcolm Cook.

in The Sounds of the Silents in Britain

December 2012; p ublished online January 2013 .

Chapter. Subjects: Popular Music. 8033 words.

This chapter examines the brief but vigorous popularity of singalong films in Britain in the mid-1920s. This alternate sonic practice utilized an animated “bouncing ball” or similar device...

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Professional Lecturing in Early British Film Shows

Joe Kember.

in The Sounds of the Silents in Britain

December 2012; p ublished online January 2013 .

Chapter. Subjects: Popular Music. 8749 words.

Adding a magic-lantern-style educative lecturer to moving pictures was one way of addressing emerging concerns in the 1900s that moving pictures themselves did not fix attention. By delving...

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The Sounds of the Silents in Britain

Edited by Julie Brown and Annette Davison.

December 2012; p ublished online January 2013 .

Book. Subjects: Popular Music. 352 pages.

This book explores the sonic dimension of film exhibition in Britain, from the emergence of cinema through to the introduction of synchronized sound. With contributions from many of the...

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♦ ♦ Troubling Synthesis: The Horrific Sights and Incompatible Sounds of “Video Nasties”

Kay Dickinson.

in Off Key

April 2008; p ublished online March 2012 .

Chapter. Subjects: Popular Music. 15715 words.

This chapter examines the film and music combination in violent motion pictures. Some examples of these films include Cannibal Holocaust, The Beyond and The Cannibal Apocalypse. This...

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♦ ♦ “It’s Not Only Trivial, It’s Bad, Vulgar”: Ken Russell’s Composer Biopics and the Uneasy Realignment of Work and Culture

Kay Dickinson.

in Off Key

April 2008; p ublished online March 2012 .

Chapter. Subjects: Popular Music. 15903 words.

This chapter analyzes British director Ken Russell's biographical film about composer Edward Elgar titled Elgar which was released in 1962. During this period Elgar already seemed a dusty...

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Selsior Dancing Films, 1912–1917

Stephen Bottomore.

in The Sounds of the Silents in Britain

December 2012; p ublished online January 2013 .

Chapter. Subjects: Popular Music. 7253 words.

In the years immediately preceding the First World War, an Austro-Hungarian émigré in London, Oszkár Rausch, developed a system for presenting dance films in sync with a live orchestra. The...

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The Reception of British Exhibition Practices in Moving Picture World, 1907–1914

James Buhler.

in The Sounds of the Silents in Britain

December 2012; p ublished online January 2013 .

Chapter. Subjects: Popular Music. 7961 words.

This chapter examines reporting about music’s role in British film exhibition in the North American trade paper Moving Picture World between 1907 and 1914. It not only provides perspective...

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The Problems of Conclusion

Kay Dickinson.

in Off Key

April 2008; p ublished online March 2012 .

Chapter. Subjects: Popular Music. 4124 words.

This concluding chapter sums up the key findings of this study on film and music combinations that do not work. It explains that the analysis of the outwardly aesthetic criteria that...

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The Art of Not “Playing to Pictures” in British Cinemas, 1906–1914

Jon Burrows.

in The Sounds of the Silents in Britain

December 2012; p ublished online January 2013 .

Chapter. Subjects: Popular Music. 6367 words.

It is traditionally thought that during the first ten years in which permanent cinemas became established in Britain, the accompaniment to silent films was typically supplied by lone...

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Edmund Meisel’s “Visual Sound” in The Crimson Circle (1929): The Case of the Vanishing Part-Talkie

Fiona Ford.

in The Sounds of the Silents in Britain

December 2012; p ublished online January 2013 .

Chapter. Subjects: Popular Music. 7232 words.

In August 1929, British Talking Pictures released a part-talking feature called The Crimson Circle. This early British sound feature was a re-working of the German silent film Der rote Kreisnull...

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Soldiers in Greasepaint

Holly Van Leuven.

in Ray Bolger

April 2019; p ublished online February 2019 .

Chapter. Subjects: Popular Music. 6634 words.

Chapter 7 retraces Bolger’s four-month stint in the South Pacific with pianist Little Jack Little. The two were the first entertainers to interact with Americans in the South Pacific. The...

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Alice in Wonderland and Peter Pan

James Bohn.

in Music in Disney's Animated Features

May 2017; p ublished online May 2019 .

Chapter. Subjects: Popular Music. 7839 words.

Alice in Wonderland and Peter Pan both originate from beloved British children’s literature. Both stories involve child protagonists that travel to a world of their...

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The Making of Cabaret

Keith Garebian.

April 2011; p ublished online May 2011 .

Book. Subjects: Popular Music. 256 pages.

This book is the most detailed production history to date of the original Broadway version of Cabaret, showing primarily how the show evolved from Christopher Isherwood's Berlin stories...

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Damned, the

Dave Laing.

in Oxford Music Online

January 2001; p ublished online January 2001 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Popular Music. 218 words.

English punk rock group. Its original members were Captain Sensible (Raymond Burns; b 23 April 1955; bass guitar), Dave Vanian (David Letts; b 12 Oct 1956; vocals), Brian James (Brian...

Sally Bowles and Berlin

Keith Garebian.

in The Making of Cabaret

April 2011; p ublished online May 2011 .

Chapter. Subjects: Popular Music. 8197 words.

This chapter explains how Christopher Isherwood came to write his Berlin stories, the source of his Sally Bowles novella that became the basis for John van Druten's play I Am a Camera (1951...

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Art rock

Chris Mcdonald.

in Oxford Music Online

November 2013; p ublished online January 2014 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Popular Music. 606 words.

Art rock is a contested term referring to British progressive rock influenced by classical music, as well as rock music made by musicians whose creative experience and training was...

Massive Attack

Ian Peel.

in Oxford Music Online

January 2001; p ublished online January 2001 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Popular Music. 175 words.

British experimental dance music group. It comprises the former local graffiti star ‘3D’ (Robert Del Naja) along with ‘Daddy G’ Marshall and ‘Mushroom’ Vowles, formerly of the...

Buena Vista Social Club

Carlos Palomares.

in Oxford Music Online

November 2013; p ublished online July 2014 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Music; Popular Music. 527 words.

Cuban popular dance music ensemble. The Buena Vista Social Club phenomenon grew out of a recording session in 1996 put together by British record promoter Nick Gold, the American...

The Perfect Servant

Gayle Sherwood Magee.

in Robert Altman’s Soundtracks

November 2014; p ublished online November 2014 .

Chapter. Subjects: Popular Music; American Music. 11078 words.

In his best-received late film Gosford Park, Altman and his collaborators chose to incorporate preexisting songs written by real-life actor and singer Ivor Novello (played by Jeremy...

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